Friends of Cromer Academy collaborate with Hughes to give staff a big Christmas thank you

PUBLISHED: 08:29 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 08:29 21 December 2017

Friends of Cromer Academy with Hughes staff. Picture: Paul Beckett

Friends of Cromer Academy with Hughes staff. Picture: Paul Beckett

Paul Beckett

Teachers at a north Norfolk school received an early Christmas present thanks to community fundraisers and a local shop.

Staff at Cromer Academy have been treated to a new coffee machine for their staff room as part of a partnership between the Friends of Cromer Academy and Hughes Cromer.

The Friends group works to support and raise funds for the school, with their most recent event being a Chilli and Quiz night earlier this month that attracted more than 70 people and raised over £300.

Committee member Paul Beckett said: “Thanks to the commitment of the staff the academy is now top in north Norfolk for student progress, so the Friends wanted to thank the staff who regularly give their free time to the academy in pursuit of excellence. It was decided that all the staff liked coffee and a machine that could deliver ‘bean to cup’ quality would boost staff morale.

“Hughes were approached and agreed to support the purchase of a machine as a ‘thank you’ gift. Hughes very heavily subsidising the cost of the machine, which was very generous of them.”

Hughes Cromer manager Simon Morton, who attended the school in his youth said: “We all agreed that this was a fantastic way of working with the school to thank the staff who have contributed significantly to the transformed academic performance. Hughes are delighted to be involved in supporting this.”

Mr Morton also brought several bags of coffee beans donated by Hughes to get the staff coffee making off to a good start.

The treat got a fantastic reaction from staff, with many taking to social media to say thankyou, including head of art Sammy Merry who tweeted “Thoroughly enjoyed the FIRST coffee from the new Friends of @CromerAcademy coffee machine” and head of English Claire Oakey who posted “It was definitely very good coffee! Lots of happy teachers and energetic lessons today.”

Cromer Academy principal Geoff Baker said: “One of the best things about Cromer Academy is the huge support we get from the community. The Friends of Cromer Academy work hard to support our school and this coffee machine means a lot to all the team.

“The Inspiration Trust has helped us invest heavily in improving our library and canteen this year, but the Friends’ support allows us to do these extra special things to support staff and students.”

The Friends fundraising continues in the new year, with Waitrose in North Walsham featuring the group as one of its in-store chosen charities in January. Shoppers will be able to vote for the group to win a share of a £1000 donation from the supermarket.

Mr Beckett said: “If any parents, members of the community or businesses locally want to support the Friends work or join they would be welcomed at the regular meetings at Henry’s Coffee Shop. All the funds raised go completely and directly to supporting the staff and pupils of our wonderful school.”

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