The building of Rowdeford School’s new Outdoor Learning Centre is still in progress but in advance of the school holidays the Centre will be named on the 11th July 2017 by two former pupils.
The Centre, which will be finished ready for the new term, has been financed through the efforts of The Rowdeford Charity Trust and other supporters.
Jonny Grew Chairman of the Rowdeford Charity Trust said,” We are so grateful to so many people and organisations. Costing over £200,000 the purpose-built facility will give access to the outdoor facilities around the school to more pupils and community groups. We are also really pleased that we can honour our retiring Headteacher Ingrid Sidmouth by naming the centre after her.” He continued, “Ingrid has been such an important ‘leading light’ since she first became deputy headteacher in 2001. It is appropriate the Centre should be called ‘The Ingrid Sidmouth Centre’ “
The naming celebrations will take place at the construction site for the Centre with many invited guests of supporters, contributors and others. Members of the pupils ‘Green Team’ and others will guide the guests to the site so that they can see the progress and learn more from the representatives of the Trust and the School.
To perform the naming formalities two former pupils who attended the school for additional study have agreed to help. Jamie Rowcliffe, who set up his own campaign to raise money for the Centre and Lauren Booth a National and UK Cycling Champion and Paralympian in training.
Additionally, a special new award will be presented to a student that had demonstrated passion, integrity, teamwork and fun in every aspect of outdoor learning at Rowdeford School. The award is called the Wooden Spoon Award after one of the main supporters of the Centre and will be presented to Kieran Ballard by the Chief Operating Officer of the Wooden Spoon Rugby Charity.
Terry Kemp the Trust’s Fundraising Coordinator said, “Rowdeford School is a special school for special young people. The success of the School is seen in the smiles and the determination to succeed everywhere you look. The new Centre will allow the School to share more smiles with more.”
The new Centre was made possible through the support from many including –
Jack Lane Charitable Trust
The Worshipful Company of Dyers
Medlock Charity Trust
John Coates Charitable Trust
Rowdeford Garden Fair
The Clothworkers Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
Touchstone Corporate Property Trust
The Hills Group Limited
Landfill Communities Fund
The Wolfson Foundation
The Samuel William Farmer Trust
The Underwood Trust
Maggie Moore – Maggie’s Run
Alex Husk – Iron Man Sponsorship
Jamie Rowcliffe-Jamie's Appeal
The Duck Street Fair
Zurich Community Trust
The Bailey Thomas Charitable Fund
Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
The Beatrice Laing Trust
The ACT Foundation