On Friday 22nd November 2019 the FOSM (Friends of Sandle Manor) Committee unveiled the new upgraded Bothy. The Committee – which is run by parents – raises funds throughout the year through a range events and activities outside the traditional school parameters.

The Bothy was previously used as a storage area, but with its prime location of near the playing fields was recognised as an underutilised space. FOSM approached the School to transform the area into an inside ‘chill out’ are for children during their breaks – for those who want to read, play a board game, or just relax chatting to friends. The work was completed with heaters for the winter months, updated electrics, new furniture and a range of clever storage items to contain a variety of activities.

The ribbon cutting honour was given to Head Girl, Harriet, and Head Boy, Tom. As they did, pupils who had gathered to see the space cheered, before entering the Bothy with many remarks heard of ‘how cool!’ and ‘definitely coming back here at lunchtime!’.

Chair of the FOSM Committee and FSM father of two, Mr Simon Davies, said: “We’re so pleased with how it’s turned out, and how enthusiastic the children are to use the space. We have to say a very large thank you to everyone who has supported us in fundraising, and those who helped us complete all the work. It looks great! Now…onto the next project!”

Headmaster Mr Jody Wells, said: “We are always so thankful to FOSM for all of their efforts – they’re all volunteers and they complete amazing work for the School and give pupils exciting new areas such as the Bothy. I can see myself sat in here with pupils talking about their day and playing the odd board game too!”