The Friends of Bradstow School

The Friends of Bradstow School

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  • Education
  • Learning disabilities / difficulties
  • Young people

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The Friends of Bradstow School was created in 2006 to work alongside the management of Bradstow School—a residential special school for autistic children with severe learning disabilities in Broadstairs, East Kent. The charity was set up to fundraise for equipment and amenities and educational opportunities for the children and young people, alongside offering enhanced training opportunities for our staff body. These items will sit outside those covered by the financial provision obtained from Wandsworth Council. The charity has potential to enable many of our residents to access life experiences that are not dissimilar from those afforded to neurotypical children and young people their age. By constantly striving to improve the lived-experience of these children and young people, we feel we are working towards the goal of giving each young person real quality of life and opportunities to develop their independence and social experience.


After a period without an administrator (our long-standing administrator retired in summer 2019) the charity is experiencing a period of rejuvenation under new leadership. We are working on our fundraising strategy (via trusts and foundations in the first instance) to address some of the school's immediate priorities. Some projects in creation include the refurbishment of the children's playground, the transformation, and professionalisation of the school's ample horticultural provision, as well as a new pottery facility. This year we are also aiming to have a comprehensive individual donor programme in place alongside a portfolio of corporate partnership opportunities. In the past, the charity has hosted an annual music event (Bradstock) and commemorative community events including building (and burning!) a life-size Viking warship. It also created a life-sized ceramic 'War Horse' and 'Poppy Proms in the Park' community event, commemorating the lives of Broadstairs and St Peters locals lost in World War One.

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