Teachers at Peterborough school to take part in skydive to provide residential trip for pupils

Teachers at Park House School in Thorney are taking part in a skydive to raise funds to provide a residential trip for the schools’ pupils.

Thursday, 24th September 2020, 9:19 am
Updated Thursday, 24th September 2020, 4:35 pm
Adam, Louise, Josh, Megan, Hannah, Helen, Gary and Danny will be jumping to raise money for Park House School on Friday

The school welcomed its first students in 2005 and is open to children aged between 6-19 with a diagnosis of Autism or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

There are currently 23 pupils enrolled at the school that specialises in helping young people who have special educational needs related to their social interaction and communication difficulties.

They do this by offering onsite speech and occupational therapy, a full time psychologist and classes in functional daily living skills to make the world less confusing.

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Social development is an important part of the teaching at the school but with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many residential trips and opportunities to get the children out into the community have been cancelled.

This is where a group of six of the teachers, along with two of their partners, have stepped into help. The group will be making the jump at Sibson Airfield on Friday (September 25) to raise funds for such a trip.

The money raised will be on behalf of Friends of Park House School, a group set up to help promote and fundraise for the school.

Learning mentor Adam Sampson, who has been at the school for six years, said: “We really wanted to provide something that can be a time out, a rest bite for both the children and their parents.

“Social development is a really important part of what we do here, so it’s so important for the children to get out in the community.

“We’ve talked about doing something like this for a long time but it never materialised, perhaps we were a bit too scared.

“Eventually, we decided let’s just do it and that if we were, then we should do it for the school. We’ve had an amazing reaction so far.

“I’m a bit more nervous now the day of the jump is getting closer but I can’t wait.”

The original plan was to have the children come and watch but instead, the jump will be live streamed on the Friends of Park House School private Facebook group.

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