23 June 2016 – Gosden House School in Bramley – a special school for children with learning and additional needs - has received a £2,000 donation from the Gold-i Foundation for Innovation to provide students with a high tech library and increase their range of books.
The money will be used to buy laptop computers, barcode scanners, barcoding technology and new books, equipping Gosden House with the school’s first library for its Secondary department, which has been designed and planned by a group of Year 11 students.
The new library will be run by Year 11 pupils and the skills gained in creating the library, scanning the books and maintaining the library will prepare them for life beyond school, helping them to function in a work environment such as in the retail industry. The Year 11 students will also act as role models to younger students, teaching them how to use the equipment.
On receiving the donation, Head of Secondary School, Emily Mainwaring commented, “We are extremely grateful to receive funding from the Gold-i Foundation of Innovation. Without this money we would not be able to have a high tech library – a resource which all of our secondary school pupils will benefit from for many years to come.”
Tom Higgins, CEO of Gold-i, who presented the cheque added, “I am so pleased that our charitable arm, the Gold-i Foundation, is able to support such a worthy cause as Gosden House School. It was inspiring to see how much pride the girls had taken in creating the library and I very much look forward to re-visiting the school when the library is fully operational.”
The Gold-i Foundation for Innovation launched in 2015 in partnership with The Community Foundation for Surrey. Laura Thurlow, Deputy Director, Community Foundation for Surrey added, “The Gold-i Foundation for Innovation was set up to help organisations in Surrey to do something innovative and remarkable. The library at Gosden House School is a great example of a project which is pushing boundaries and improving the lives of people within our community.”
Gosden House School, founded in 1947, teaches pupils between the ages of 4 and 16 years old. It provides education to children with learning difficulties, including speech and language and those with an additional diagnosis such as Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Grants from the Gold-i Foundation for Innovation will be made up to three times per year. To find out more or to express an interest in funding for your organisation, please contact the Community Foundation for Surrey on 01483 478 092 or visit www.cfsurrey.org.uk