Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
Read Mr Willer's article for the Royal Horticultural Society's magazine: The Garden
The Allotment Project is a national & regional award-winning school allotment that tries to set an example to children/young people for a better, more environmentally friendly world.
Click the image on the right to read our little booklet to tell you all about Reepham High School & College’s ‘Allotment Project’.
- It all started on one cold winter morning in February 2015, on a barren part of the school grounds, with one teacher and two volunteers.
- Now in 2018, there are hundreds of students, throughout the year, helping to grow organic produce for the school. All produce is used in school kitchen to show children the importance of locally sourced food or it is sold the local market to connect to our local community.
- Almost every part of the allotment has be built using recycled items such as old school fire doors, wooden pallets, sinks and car tyres.
- We collect all our own rainwater and, out of principle, we never use any fossil fuels to help us maintain the allotment site. Cutting the grass, for example, is done using sickles and scythes. We even make our own compost as nothing is wasted!
- Children help out because they want to and often give up their lunch hour to get stuck in as there is always lots to do!
- The Allotment Project also provides an area for young people to chill and blow off steam away from the indoor classroom.
- In 2018 the Allotment Project won the 'Norwich & Norfolk Eco Award (secondary school category) and Matt Willer (lead staff volunteer) won Royal Horticultural Society's School Garden Champion of the Year after being nominated by staff, parents and students.
'The Allotment Project: A Short Documentary' by Louis Johnson (community volunteer)
Photographer: Harry Sutton Year 12 Reepham College.
'The Allotment Project' is part of 'The Papillon Project' find out more by visiting: www.thepapillonproject.com
"All we need to live a good life surrounds us. Sun, wind, people, buildings, stones, sea, birds and plants. Cooperation with all these things brings harmony, opposition to them brings disaster and chaos."
- Bill Mollison, Co-Founder of Permaculture
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