Five hundred pupils from a Clifton school got to go on a fun end-of-year trip at no cost to their parents, thanks to a huge fundraising effort by staff and students.
The Farnborough Academy in Clifton succeeded in raising a fantastic £6,000 so it could send all of its Key Stage 3 pupils on a trip with their classmates without putting extra financial pressure on parents.
The delighted teenagers got to enjoy the fruits of their efforts with Year 7s visiting the Peak District, Years 8s heading to Stratford-upon-Avon and Year 9s going to London for the day. Returning from their days trips on one of the sunniest days of the year, the pupils raved about their adventures.
“I had a great time,” said Year 7 student Owen Jones of his visit to Chatsworth House. “My favourite part was the grounds and the water feature. It cooled me and my friends down when we went paddling.”
Jacob-Lewis Cutts, who went on the London trip, said: “I have never been to London before and neither has my mum or dad. I took loads of pictures to show my family. I enjoyed the entire trip, walking around London and going to the museum. I am going to take my Dad down to London to show him the stuff we did and saw – we are both really excited.”
Phil Crompton, executive head of the Trent Academies Group, said: “The end-of-year trip is a big tradition in schools, but for a lot of families it can represent an extra financial burden.
“We wanted to find a more entrepreneurial way to guarantee every one of the Academy’s pupils gets to experience a school trip.”
A host of activities were organised for the fundraising push, including a five-hour sponsored singathon at Morrisons, bake sales, a penalty shootout against staff and busking by the school band at break times.
The local community and businesses also rallied to support the school. Building contractors J Tomlinson donated £1,800 and British Gypsum gave £1,000, while retired couple Ann and Roland Price, whose children are former pupils of the school, sent in a cheque after seeing a story about the school’s campaign in the local press.
Mark Davis, CEO at J Tomlinson, said: “When we heard at J Tomlinson that The Farnborough Academy needed donations for this worthy scheme, we were happy to step in. As a company we are passionate about supporting the next generation, particularly those who may be underprivileged.”
Ben Chaloner, head teacher of the Academy, said: “The whole Academy came together in the most enterprising way to bring about something really special and the pupils have loved their trips all the more for it.
“We’ve been stunned by the generosity of the businesses and local people who’ve sent us donations and cannot thank them enough.”