130 Bags packed for 130 years!

As part of their 130th year celebrations, staff and students at Yeovil College have committed to fundraising for 130 bags for School in a Bag. And today they did it three months ahead of schedule!

This is just one part of what they are doing to celebrate over a century of supporting the community and offering students excellent further education options. Their students selected School in a Bag as their preferred charity, selecting this above ten other local and national options, at the beginning of this academic year and have since worked tirelessly to raise the money.

Michelle Dennett, Head of Student Experience, Yeovil College, said: “We are extremely proud to have reached our target of raising enough money to change the lives of 130 children around the world. School in a Bag is an incredible charity and although we’re ahead of target we’re not stopping yet!”

John Evans, Principal, Yeovil College: “We have achieved many successes throughout our vast history, however no other year has been as successful as this one. We have achieved outstanding results in the National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTS), including 100% A Level success rate for the second successive year; we’ve launched our brand new Construction Trade Skills Centre, in partnership with Screwfix, and relaunched our newly expanded Da Vinci Restaurant; we have achieved one of the highest employer satisfaction scores in the country with 95%; we were awarded Ofsted Good; and we joined forces with Plymouth University, to name but a few.

Importantly, we also secured the Work Placement Pilot, and as one of only a handful of colleges in the country to be involved, we have a real responsibility to both our learners and to the community to create and implement robust systems which will allow our young people to get the most out of their work placements. It is critical that learners are given the opportunity to put their learning into practice, develop excellent skills and become more employable.

We look forward to working with our learners and future learners, as well as our business, charity and community partners for another 130 years. Let’s make good great.”

School in a Bag is an initiative run by the UK registered charity the Piers Simon Appeal. The concept of School in a Bag was born in late 2009 following a collaboration project to send School Bags to orphan children in Swaziland, Africa.

School in a Bag is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster affected children throughout the world. Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery equipment and resources that will enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves and above all learn. Each SchoolBag delivered to a child will give hope to his or her future and has the potential to transform their lives.