When she became principal of Walworth Academy, Ms Yvonne Powell, refocused the school on the idea of family, where every member is supported to achieve the very best they are capable of. Now the school has had a chance to put this into practice.
13 year-old Alfie Barrett is in Walworth Academy’s Year 9. He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2007 - he was just five years old when doctors noticed that he had a brain tumour. Alfie had a course of chemotherapy for two years and as a result, he and his family were told he was in remission.
Sadly, in 2012, Alfie became unwell again and doctors found that it was the tumour. Alfie joined Walworth Academy in year 7 and since he started, he has always been determined to come to school every day. When they found out his family were going to America for Alfie to get Proton therapy, staff and students at the Academy wanted to help. But what could they do to show that they are ‘family’?
Over and above
A member of staff explains: “The NHS covers only the cost for Alfie and his parents to travel but not his siblings. We decided to hold an own clothes day with the proceeds going to the family. We asked that students donate £1 but staff, students and parents donated much more, the response was truly overwhelming. Year 9 students, accompanied by staff, went over to the local Tesco to get donations from the public. They were very successful managing to get quite a number of donations.
In total over the Christmas period the school raised just over £2,300 for Alfie and family. The Barretts are now in America and we will keep you updated on Alfie's progress.