College launches two new fundraising appeals
- Credit: Sidmouth College
Sidmouth College has launched two major fundraising appeals to help it further develop and improve.
The college completed a rebuild of the main school building in December and ran a fundraising appeal to support it. Generous parents and members of the community gave over £11,000 to this fund and the money was used to equip every classroom with a brand new interactive screen.
The college is now launching our two new fundraising appeals to continue to improve the college. The next phase of the regeneration is the removal of the 1960s three-storey block, which is due to be demolished by July.
For the final phase, the college is focusing on repurposing its outside areas to create modern new facilities for the students. This will include a new terrace directly outside the new dining hall, which will be used at break and lunch times for students to eat outside. It will also be partially covered, providing shelter and shade and making it a year-round area.
It will be used by teachers for outdoor lessons and also a quiet place for students to read or for sixth formers to work, as well as available for community hire outside of school hours.
The link to the college’s justgiving page is: www.justgiving.com/campaign/sidmouthcollege
The second outside area the college is focusing on redeveloping is the sixth form centre. The centre is based in a retained area of the college, constructed in the early 1970s, and so has not been updated with the completion of our new building.
With a year-on-year increase in the number of students who choose to stay at Sidmouth College to study their post-16 qualifications, the sixth form centre is in need of some updating to provide space and facilities to provide the very best opportunities for learning. Having consulted with members of the sixth form, the college has focussed on improvements to the furnishings, décor and equipment of the sixth form accommodation in order to enhance areas for learning, private study and social activity.
The link to the college justgiving page is: www.justgiving.com/campaign/sidmouthcollegesixthfrom
During the past year, the pandemic has been an enormous financial burden to schools, we have had costs such as extra hours for our cleaners, screens, sanitiser, covering staff who were absent or self-isolating, facilities such as the marquee on the courts to mention just a few. Very little of this additional expenditure has been met by increases in funding from government, so in order to progress these important projects we would be grateful for any contributions the local community could make, or publicity you could generate for them by sharing on social media.
College principal Sarah Parsons said: “The number of students in our sixth form continues to grow, which is a fantastic reflection of the high quality experience students receive at the college from years seven to 11.
“We offer a wide range of courses with specialist teachers and excellent pastoral care. With our increasing numbers we are looking to refurbish our sixth form social and study space. To be able to make improvements to this area will have a daily positive impact on all of the students in our sixth form. As well as reaching out to the community we will also be working with our students to fundraise, we are aiming to complete the improvement work in time for students returning in September.”
Mrs Parsons added: “Once the demolition of the old building has been completed we will be left with a new area of open space which will be well used by all students during their social time. However, when the weather is wet we have very few undercover areas for students to use.
“We are hoping to be able to raise funds to provide a range of undercover seating areas for students. These would enable students to remain outside and dry while eating their lunch. We are also hoping to add an undercover area along the side of our new canteen which would be well used by all students. Improving their experience during social times.”