13th January 2015



Kind-hearted pupils at Woodlands Academy were inspired to help the homeless after reading a novel in class.

Some of the Year Eight English classes have been studying ‘Stone Cold’, by Robert Swindells, which is about a young homeless boy and his struggles on the streets of London.

They researched homelessness as homework and found out about two charities – Coventry Cyrenians and Coventry Open Christmas – which they have supported with donations of tins, packets of food, bottled drinks and warm clothing. Pupils also designed posters to encourage staff and students at the academy to donate.

English teacher, Miss Underhill, said: “The students have impressed the staff with their maturity and empathy for those less fortunate.”

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Local food store, Malcolm’s, in Elm Tree Avenue, has also supported pupils’ efforts after donating about £3,000 worth of stock to the Salvation Army and Coventry Cyrenians.

After speaking to Miss Burgwin at Woodlands Academy, the store donated food and drink and other non-perishable goods towards the contribution from Woodlands Academy.

There was so much food donated that sixth form students had to be recruited to unload the van!

Owner of the store, Paul Cheema and his brother Pinda, who used to attend Woodlands more than 20 years ago, said: “As a retailer it is important to be at the heart of the community we serve and what better way to benefit the area than by helping those who need it most?”