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Crawley schools fantastic day of fun for Comic Relief

From dressing up to fundraising as well as gunging staff, it was all in aid of raising money.

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Students at Ifield Community College really got into the fundraising spirit last Friday (15th March).

The school was taking part in Comic Relief and as part of it students were encouraged to dress up as a character from a film or book.

Staff also got into the spirit with many turning up as their favourite character.

During break and lunchtime students also set up fundraising staffs that included selling books, guessing how many sweets were in a jar, a treasure hunt, raffle tickets for Easter Eggs, pie face and sponge throwing and much more.

A school spokesperson said:

“It was a great day. Well done to all the students who dressed up and congratulations to the student dressed as the icon from Diary of a Wimpy Kid who won two tickets to Cineworld.”

The finale of the day was Mr Corbett, Headteacher and Mrs McIver-Wren being ‘gunged’ by a Sixth Form student and a student from the school’s Student Council whilst the whole school watched and cheered on.

The final amount raised today is still be too confirmed.


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New £100k pedestrian crossing for families’ taking children to school installed in West Green

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West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette pictured trying the new crossing with her daughter before the school reopened.

A new pedestrian crossings has been installed in the past few months and is now operational, helping families with the walk to a school in West Green.

The crossing in Crawley cost £100,00 and is aimed to improve safety for families with school-age children – plus pedestrians generally.

With schools reopening and roads becoming busier after lockdown, people are being encouraged to leave their cars at home and consider other travel choices.

Roger Elkins, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“The new crossings provide a safer route to schools for families and to other local amenities for pedestrians generally.

“People are being encouraged to consider walking or cycling for their journeys, if they can. It’s a great way to get fit, save fuel money and reduce the number of cars on the road. This in turn will improve air quality and reduce congestion.”

West Green Primary School requested the Puffin crossing for West Green Drive and worked with the county council’s transport improvements team to build the case for road safety improvements.

Other enhancements had already been introduced, including ‘School Keep Clear’ markings, to provide pupils and parents with a safer environment.

Throughout this process, West Green continued to provide pupils with road safety education and encourage sustainable travel.

West Green Primary School Business Manager Annette Tomsett said:

“The school is delighted to have worked closely with West Sussex County Council in bringing to fruition this crossing. It will make a huge difference in the safe route to school for our pupils and families, alongside having a positive impact for the whole community for now and for the future.”

The improvements cost a total of about £100,000.

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