Mrs Rushworth with some of the student helpers. Centre of the picture is Daniel Welch, holding the impressive cake he made
Business Studies teacher Mrs Penny Rushworth, along with a team of student helpers, led this year’s fundraising efforts with a cake sale and ‘Guess the weight of the cake’ competition. The impressive cake was baked and decorated in the shape of
Children in Need’s official mascot Pudsey Bear by Year 9
student Daniel Welch. Mrs Owens from the school’s Student Support Unit was the lucky winner of the cake having guessed the correct weight of 7lb 4oz.

As well as the edible treats, the team were also responsible for the sale of official Children in Need merchandise, namely keyrings and wristbands, which have contributed over £100
towards the total so far.

Mrs Rushworth commented: “The students have, as always, been absolutely fantastic in coming together to help support a worthy cause. I would like to thank the student helpers for their support in organising the fundraising as well as all those who bought items and donated to the appeal”.

Elsewhere in the school, Year 8 tutor group 8DMT took part in a sponsored stair climb which saw the 29-strong group tackle 10,000 steps between them during tutor time on

Using the 43 steps that make up the staircase at the far end of the new school building, each member of the group climbed up and down 4 times with Form Tutor Miss Daisy Turner completing the additional steps required to bring the total to 10,000.

Miss Turner said: “I’m really proud of my tutor group for their commitment to raising money for Children in Need. They have taken steps to ensure those less fortunate are able to take bigger steps towards a better and more
comfortable life”

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Since launching in 1980, the BBC Children in Need appeal has raised of £600 million  to help better the lives of disabled young people in the UK.

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Left: Members of 8DMT pose on the stairs. Right: Miss Turner with members of her form after the step-a-thon.