Frances Bardsley students prepare for trip to Uganda

The students from Frances Bardsley Academy will be volunteering in Uganda next month.

The students from Frances Bardsley Academy will be volunteering in Uganda next month. - Credit: Archant

A group of Romford students will be will be helping to rebuild a school and teach children in Uganda next month.

The 15 students from Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls, in Brentwood Road, will be flying out to Kampala, where they will volunteer at New Era Primary School, which was planned to close because of its poor condition.

They will be focusing their work on the school to help improve its conditions by building a fence and gate to help keep the children secure in school, and will build two small classrooms.

The team will also help as teaching assistants and as part of the trip will spend two days on Safari at the Queen Elizabeth National Park.

The girls have received a grant of £175 each from the Jack Petchey Foundation and have raised the rest of the £2,600 each through pamper nights, Come Dine With Me events, quiz nights, karaoke nights, sponsored swims, bag packing events and a staff netball match.

They have also collected donations of football kits, school stationary and tools all while studying for their GCSEs and A-levels.

To prepare for the trip the girls have also taken on a variety of training and project management tasks including building a dry-stone wall in the Peak District and health, safety and hygiene courses.