Students’ Green Fingers raise cash for charity.

Broadlands Hall School > Blog 2 Column > 2015 > April
Students’ Green Fingers raise cash for charity.

Students’ Green Fingers raise cash for charity.

6th-form students at Broadlands Hall School have gained valuable horticultural skills and at the same time, raised money for charity.

As part of their vocational skills programme, students built poly-tunnels and raised vegetable beds where they grew a wide range of organic vegetables and salad products. Students then planned a public Farmer’s Market, selling the produce and have donated the funds raised to St Nicholas Hospice in Bury St Edmunds.

Fran Brown, leader of the 6th-form at Broadlands Hall is thrilled with outcomes of the project: “ The boys have learnt so many new skills which they can transfer to their adult working lives. At the same time, they have been able to make a contribution to a local charity. I am so proud of what they have achieved. We plan to enlarge the scale of the project for the next year”.


New Headteacher for Broadlands Hall has exciting plans for the school’s future.

Hazel Simmons has been appointed as the new Headteacher at Broadlands Hall School near Haverhill. Prior to her career in education, Mrs Simmons worked in industry and is therefore very well suited to the role at Broadlands. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work in this incredibly special school. We prepare young people for the adult world, equipping them with both academic qualifications and also, possibly most importantly, vocational skills that will enable them to be successful and independent adults. The high quality facilities are quite incredible and the expert staff provide specialist personal development care”.

Mrs Simmons comes to Broadlands School from The Saw Ward Trust Academy group. Initially trained as an English and Drama secondary teacher, she has been a senior leader in education for some years. She has a particular interest in Autism and believes that the spoken word and drama have a significant role to play in helping young people with ADC maximise their potential. “Its all about having high expectations and making the learning environment a fun yet safe place”.

The new plans include:

  • Introducing Duke of Edinburgh Awards programme.
  • Enhancing the school’s Outdoor Learning facility which includes animal welfare, horticulture and Agriculture.
  • The build of Creative Arts workshops.
  • Developing the school’s Communication and Speech Therapy specialisation.

Boys make Bracelets to support Macmillans.

Students at Broadlands Hall School recently raised funds for Macmillan Cancer Trust by making jewellery. The boys learnt bead craft before holding a coffee morning at the school where they sold their creations.

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