Rebuilding the Forest School
During the summer holidays, we were saddened to hear of the mindless destruction of the Forest School at the post 16 Pens Meadow School site in Pensnett. Our charity knows from personal experience what an amazing outdoor learning experience this facility has given pupils at the school. So we have decided to help.
Children from the Pens Meadow Ridge Hill and Pensnett sites, along with local special needs schools, The Brier and Old Park had been accessing the Forest School site for some time. It was renowned for having a positive impact on their learning experience outside of the classroom.
Many pupils had also been instrumental in creating this wonderful outdoor space, only to have their hard work devastated by a mindless act of vandalism. Alfie himself had also benefited from this wonderful experience along with his school friends.
The Friends of Alfie Johnson was formed back in 2009 to help the very children who had created and benefited from this wonderful outdoor haven and we were determined to help in any way we could. So Alfie’s dad, Paul and Alfie’s uncle, fellow charity trustee Mark Smith, visited Pens Meadow School on September 29th and presented Head Teacher, Marie Hunter, a cheque for £8,000 to help with rebuilding and re-equipping the Forest School.
After such a terrible act which caused so much sadness, we are thrilled that with the help, dedication and kindness from all our supporters, Alfie’s charity has been able to make a positive and real difference to the lives of some amazing children. For that we are truly and most sincerely grateful.
With much love and thanks
The Friends of Alfie Johnson