Growing a future for school’s pupils

Alan Elsbury, Dorothy Oglethorpe, Brandon Johnston, Margret Sharp and James Davison.
Alan Elsbury, Dorothy Oglethorpe, Brandon Johnston, Margret Sharp and James Davison.
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A borough school is looking to ‘grow’ the skills and employment opportunities of its pupils thanks to a bequest to The Children’s Foundation.

Southlands School, which provides learning for youngsters aged between 11 and 16 with moderate learning difficulties and/or social emotional and behavioural difficulties, has been chosen to benefit from a new scholarship programme, in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society.

Each Year 6 pupil will follow the programme and develop their horticultural skills to help boost their potential employment opportunities.

Headteacher David Erskine said: “This is a fabulous opportunity for our young people and a tribute to the school staff who already nurture their learning using our EPICC School garden.

“We aim to develop our garden to educate our students about where their food comes from, and to promote sustainable ways of producing food.”

“Our students are given the opportunity to gain knowledge, expertise and life skills through hands-on, skills based learning.”