Date: 
Friday, October 25, 2013 - 17:00

Students from Wellington College in Reading have raised £1,000 for Doubletrees School in Cornwall as part of an exciting education programme with the Eden Project.

Fourteen students from the prestigious college stayed in Cornwall while taking part in a bespoke Eden educational programme, in which they learnt about sustainability and how to put that knowledge into practice.

Activities included a tour around the Biomes at night, harvesting and buying their own food on a budget and cooking for the students at Doubletrees.

The highlight of the week was a day of practical activities in the grounds at Doubletrees School, when pupils cleared and planted the vegetable area, refurbished flower beds and worked in the orchard. At the end of the day they attended a performance of the school’s singing and signing choir before joining in themselves.

The Wellington Students were also treated to a talk on community work at the Eden Café in St Austell and a farewell party at their B&B, the Tor View in Luxulyan.

Sean Farrell, Teacher and sustainability lead at Wellington College, says: “I realise how much was achieved and learnt during the five days. This is completely down to the Eden Project, the remarkable programme they put together and the incredibly stimulating way in which it was delivered. 

“There is so much we can take back to school and act on - I do hope that we'll get to do this again.”

Bran Howell, Education Development Officer, at Eden, said: “Wellington College is such an amazing place. It has a lovely atmosphere - the kids are all very helpful and friendly. It was great to see both groups working so closely together, everyone was really proud of what we achieved.”

Wellington College was founded in 1859 and is committed to proving their children with an inspiring academic experience that is pupil-centred and stimulating.

The college runs a Junior Social Apprentice programme that involves working with 14 and 15 year old pupils to give something back, whether it is with local, national or international communities.

The students had the chance to bond with the pupils at Doubletrees, a school dedicated to pupils with severe, profound and multiple, or complex learning difficulties. The Eden Project has worked with Doubletrees in the past, including inviting them to be part of a choir of schoolchildren during the 2011 Children in Need live broadcast held in the Mediterranean Biome.

Doubletrees School intends to work with the Eden Project to spend the fundraising money on taking part in this year’s Torchlight Carnival in nearby St Austell. The funding will also be used to explore possibilities of training Doubletrees staff on outdoor learning and school grounds development work in partnership with the Sensory Trust.

To find out more details about the tailored educational programmes that Eden can offer, go to: http://www.edenproject.com/learn-with-us