Pupils have given a special present this Christmas - by giving up their time to improve the look of valuable community centre.
Students from Sheridan School, in Northwold, spent a day weeding, sweeping pathways, trimming bushes, removing litter and tidying flowerbeds so Thetford’s Charles Burrell Centre was looking its best in time for a full calendar of Christmas activities.
“Last year we reopened the abandoned high school building - Charles Burrell High School/Thetford Academy South Campus – but being a non-profit organisation and operating in a 50-year-old high school, we do have difficulty keeping the site well maintained due to financial restrictions,” explained centre manager Mark Snowdon.
He added: “They made a significant difference to the overall appearance of the site. I’d like to thank staff and students and welcome them back very soon. The students do use the centre. They are currently using the main hall for PE lessons and I am very glad we are able to provide suitable facilities.”
Michelle Smith, the new Sheridan School principal, said: “The students do really care about the community and like to play an active part within it, and to put something back. They have a strong sense of civic pride. It means something to them and there is a dual benefit. I am really proud of what they have done. It’s the best way to wish Thetford a happy Christmas.”
Sheridan School is a mixed residential and day school for pupils with emotional and behavioural difficulties run by Priory Education Service, part of the Priory Group, which is Britain’s leading provider of behavioural and mental healthcare.