Students launch £50,000 appeal for refurbishment
STUDENTS at Mangotsfield School are taking direct action to ease the funding crisis.
They have launched a crowdfunding campaign in an effort to raise £50,000 to improve the science labs at the secondary school in Rodway Hill.
The centrepiece of their fundraising will be an auction of goods and promises to be held in the summer and they are appealing to parents, friends, former students and people in the community to contribute to it.
They are also asking local tradespeople to consider donating time and materials to carry out the improvements.
"Think DIY SOS but without Nick Knowles and no camera crew," they said in an open letter to families.
The financial struggles of Mangotsfield School and others in the Castle School Education Trust (CSET) were highlighted in the BBC Two series School last autumn. The show brought home to people the realities behind the statistics that show that South Gloucestershire schools are the lowest funded in England.
Headteacher David Spence said one of the best outcomes of the TV show was the number of parents now willing to support the school with fundraising activities.
It was a parent who came up with the idea of the auction, inspired by students from the school who won a national prize for enterprise when they held one.
Now the school is taking things a stage further by encouraging BTEC business students to lead the Mango50 fundraising effort, approaching local companies and celebrities for support.
"I am very proud of the students who represented Mangotsfield at the launch of the campaign," Mr Spence said.
"There is so much positivity in the school at the moment. Attendance is continuing to improve and there is great work going on in the classrooms.
"We've seen a fantastic drama productiom and lots of sporting successes."
To support the Mango50 appeal, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/mangotsfieldsch