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Repurposing resources and sustainability - the way forward?

Posted on: December 6th 2019

IMG 9310newsheaderAmery Hill School has been the recent and grateful recipient of replacement cupboard/shelving units and desk furniture, thanks to the Business2Schools initiative.

Mr Stephen Mann, Headteacher at Amery Hill School said, “As most people are aware, schools up and down the country are not being provided with adequate funding and resourcing, resulting in schools having, amongst other things, to use and maintain dated and tired looking furniture. We are constantly trying to find new and creative ways to reduce the pressures on our budget and therefore a charity like Business2Schools provides an invaluable service which is greatly appreciated.

Increasingly our society has created a culture of waste and disposability and that is why Business2Schools is so important in not only reducing this waste but helping to educate future generations about the benefit of recycling and sustainability.”

The good quality, second-hand furniture donated by Russell Reynolds Associates in London, will be used to replace all the desks in one of the school’s music classrooms with the remainder being used to help in the refit of one of our technology rooms. The shelving units are going to be used around the school in various departments and classrooms.

Mr Mann added, “To have replaced this furniture ourselves would have taken a significant sum out of our budget and to be honest would not have happened in the present climate. Therefore, this has given the students and staff an unexpected lift in helping to create learning environments that are fit for purpose and inspires their teaching and learning.”

Business2Schools enables companies to donate unwanted but good quality, high-end items such as furniture and technology to schools around the country. The aim is to help improve the equipment and facilities in schools using the best ethical and environmental way possible, while helping to relieve school budgets.

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“Out of a disaster we can all do something to ensure students don’t suffer unnecessarily.” Those were the words of Ms Lindsey Parslow, chief executive of Business2Schools, which has this week launched a campaign to benefit school children and parents affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The aim of the Laptops2Schools initiative is to get businesses to donate laptops that school children can take home if the schools close or pupils have to self-isolate. Ms Parslow said: “If families have to self-isolate children will need to log into their school’s intranet to complete their lessons and homework. “Most families do not have enough computers for everyone in a household to have access at the same time. Priority will be given to the people in the family that are working. “This will be disastrous for education. Schools are so short of laptops anyway. So if businesses could help us it will mean teachers and children at home can have a laptop sent to them if they need it.” Alton based secondary school Amery Hill is supporting the campaign, having worked successfully with Business2Schools in the past. Headteacher, Mr Steve Mann said, “Self-isolation and imminent school closures are presenting parents, students and the education sector as a whole with unprecedented challenges.  Most schools are not in the position where they can provide spare laptops to students attempting to study remotely and the concern is that students from poorer families might become even more disadvantaged. Any help that businesses can provide to support this initiative will have a significant impact on the education of our young people.” Ms Parslow added: “If businesses can help by donating or by reaching out on social media we can get this off the ground very quickly. Time is not on our side if schools close.” So far, London-based company EFG Private Bank and ESRI UK, in Aylesbury, have donated £6,000 and 57 laptops respectively. Business2Schools is raising funds to afford hard drives and chargers, in case they do not come with the laptops. To donate, visit  Just Giving - click hereView Article