An independent prep school in Chelsea has joined forces with an education equality charity to help the most disadvantaged children in the country thrive.
The Hampshire School Chelsea, which was founded in 1928, will fundraise for School-Home Support (SHS) to help the charity’s partner school, Westbridge Primary School in Battersea, buy essential items.
Pupils at the independent school are currently thinking up inventive ways to fundraise, and the money raised will go towards specific items such as the purchase of a desk, duvet, washing machine, bed, IT equipment and school uniform.
“The biggest influence on a child’s life is their experience at home. The children we support are some of the most vulnerable in the country, and often go without food to eat, smart uniform to wear, and a bed to sleep in,” said Maggie Mitchell, head of family intervention at School-Home Support.
“They’re not going into the classroom on a level playing field with their peers. We work to change this – and are thrilled that The Hampshire School Chelsea have joined us on our mission.”
The biggest influence on a child’s life is their experience at home. The children we support are some of the most vulnerable in the country, and often go without food to eat, smart uniform to wear, and a bed to sleep in – Maggie Mitchell, School-Home Support
Dr Pam Edmonds, head of The Hampshire School Chelsea, said: “Every child deserves the opportunity to access an exceptional learning journey so that their dreams and ambitions can be fulfilled.
“By supporting SHS, we are supporting the removal of barriers so that bright and capable children can follow our own ethos: to aim high and do their best in education.”
SHS is an education charity committed to levelling the playing field for disadvantaged children and young people. Working with schools, local authorities and other children’s settings, it provides personalised support to children and families, tackling the underlying barriers to a successful education to improve the life chances of children.
Parent of pupils at The Hampshire School and royal patron of SHS, Lady Sophie Windsor, said SHS’s work is “intensive” and “transforms lives for life”, and wished SHS was in “every underfunded school in Britain”.
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