2019 Ladies Captain (Maria Clements) Charity
My chosen Charity for 2019 is the Icknield Charity Trust
Icknield is a Special school for children and young people aged 3-19 with severe learning difficulties. The school provides a happy, safe and exciting learning environment for the children and the wider community.
The school is proud of their vibrant friendly atmosphere where all the staff and governors work together to provide the best possible learning opportunities for their children. In the early years an extensive range of strategies and resources are used very effectively to boost children’s progress in communication and learning.
Icknield provides a nurturing environment in which children make very good progress. The staff offer outstanding care and support for each child at every stage of their development. Teachers skillfully develop highly creative ways of teaching the children to enable them to achieve their individual best.
Developing communication skills is at the heart of the school provision. Giving children a voice empowers them to make decisions about their own lives and learning. The school offers children alternative means of communication through signing, symbols and Information Communication Technology.
Speech and Language therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists and Educational Psychologists are regularly visiting professionals at the school. They all ensure that the pupils individual needs are well met.
Icknield school has many established links with mainstream and special schools. These links allow sharing of expertise and facilities. Groups of children are able to share an experience of each other’s world.
Funds raised for the school through various events at the Hampshire Golf Club will provide resources for the extras that the main school budget cannot cover. Many pieces of equipment are not directly funded e.g. a specialist chair as recommended by the Physio or OT is typically over £1000. One would imagine that these things are provided by NHS but unfortunately not.
The headmaster, Sean Cannon, has passionately assured me “with complete certainty” any money raised will be spent directly on the wellbeing of some of the local areas most vulnerable children.
I believe this is a Charity worthy of your donations.
Icknield School – Helping children and young adults with severe learning difficulties to live better and brighter lives.
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