Alan Blench Garden
The ‘Alan Blench’ garden was officially opened on Friday 6th November 2015. It was opened by Alan’s wife, Mrs Blench. She was overwhelmed at what the school had done in Alan’s memory.
The grand opening included of a welcome speech from Mrs English, an official cutting of the ribbon by Mrs Blench, as well as songs and poems by sixth form students.
Visitors had the opportunity to look around the garden before enjoying afternoon tea (prepared by student) in the sixth form life skills area.
His widow Carole, who opened the garden, said: “Alan was a very humble man and he would have been absolutely overwhelmed by all of this. It’s beautiful and I want to thank everyone for their hard work. It’s lovely that people thought that much of him that they would do this.”
From Grass to Garden
Over the summer holidays 2015, the area outside the sixth form building was transformed from a grassed area to a fantastic learning environment.
Our garden is dedicated to our sadly missed former caretaker Mr Alan Blench, who sadly died in September 2014.
Thanks to some generous fundraising by staff and parents, we were able to create the garden for sixth form students to use in many different ways.
We now have a sensory area with a water feature, small allotment area, seating area to use as an outdoor café and a small grassed area for pet care projects. We also have a summer house that is used as an outdoor classroom.
Students are responsible for maintaining the garden as well as using it as an outdoor learning environment.