This week, the Year 11 students ran the non-school uniform day and associated events to raise vital funds for a local charity, Autism East Midlands. Autism East Midlands offer play and leisure activities, family services, support for everyday living, as well as specialist day schools for children. Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. Year 11 students contributed to a big cake sale which was run across the Year 7 and Years 8-11 break times. A ‘Name the Teddy’ raffle was also run, and the lucky winner gets to keep the correctly named bear. A myths and facts quiz was put together to be done during tutor time alongside awareness-raising assemblies. There was also ‘The Bridgford experience – I’m a student, get me out of here’ run by Mr Kemp and his fantastic team of volunteers. Students could take part in the challenge to have an experience of sensory overload which some people with autism live with, and see how well they got on. Jumping through hoops, locating stars, balancing across a beam whilst trying not to fall off with music and lights distracting them, and then guessing the smells were all part of this multi-sensory experience. Well done to all those who took part, it was a fantastic week and we raised a lot of money for the charity. Click here to see all of today’s wonderful events.