Volunteers help repair Castle School
A TEAM of 30 volunteers gave up a Saturday to help with repairs and maintenance at the Castle School site.
By the end of the day they had painted four classrooms, repaired and painted half the front railings, fixed three rotten doors, steam cleaned two changing room floors, collected litter and strimmed path edges.
There was such enthusiasm that the Castle School Friends association has planned two more events to finish the railings, and further DIY days are in the pipeline.
An Amazon wish list which enables supporters of the Thornbury school to buy small items has sold out more than once. Staff in the science department got in touch with CSF to say they were “extremely grateful to get all this useful stuff”, adding: “It is really nice to know that there are parents and other CSF members who are prepared to help us out, and it does make such a difference to us."
Friends of Marlwood School in Alveston have also found the Amazon wish list idea to be a success, with parents recently buying four dressmaking mannequins, glue sticks, pencils, USB card readers, 64 pairs of scissors and a desk lamp.
Both schools featured in the BBC 2 documentary School, which showed the daily struggles behind the scenes to balance the books.
At Castle School, recent parent fundraising efforts include over £2,000 raised by a GoFundMe campaign, which will go to the Friends to support pupils with special educational needs.
The wider community has also rallied round: Thornbury Round Table has donated £500 and the Swan Inn held a Valentine’s Day coffee morning which raised £300 and is donating proceeds from its Wednesday quiz nights and coffee mornings throughout March. On March 31 it will host a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea with Prosecco. The Willow Brook Clinic in Bradley Stoke has donated a medical couch for the sick bay.
Caroline Brewser, a member of the CSF Committee, said: "The people, businesses and community groups in our area are clearly determined that their local school should succeed, despite the ongoing shortfall in funding. Castle School Friends and the teachers have all been bowled over by the immense outpouring of support."
Photo shows volunteers painting gates at Castle School in Thornbury