PAGEANT - "Education is the future"
UK Schools and their activities in The Gambia
Index of UK Schools
This page lists some of the schools in the UK
which have helped Gambian schools in association with Pageant. We
show a link to the school's own website, as well as links to Pageant
pages where more information can be found. If you are looking for
information about schools in The Gambia with which Pageant is
associated, then see our
Index of Gambian Schools.
Links for this page are on
Bishopsgate School is a co-educational preparatory school in Egham,
Surrey. In August 2008, they donated £500 to Pageant for use on any
project. This money was raised by a sponsored walk in Windsor Great
Park following a social gathering at which Pippa and Ian met one of
the teachers, Nigel Budd. He was interested in the work Pageant does
in The Gambia and organised the event to support us.
Bishop's Waltham Junior School
Bishop's Waltham Junior School (formerly known as Ridgemede Junior School)
have a close relationship with
Abuko Lower Basic School, and children
in their Worldclass club have their own penpals at Abuko. They have raised
money in various ways to provide education equipment, and are
funding the sponsorship of a set of triplets at Abuko. They have
since established links with Serrekunda LBS and Banyaka LBS.
Bramley School was an independent girls Preparatory School in
Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, which closed in 2017. They provided play equipment
for the nursery classes at
Bakalarr BCS, and furniture to
and Campama LBS.
Centre Academy East Anglia
Centre Academy East Anglia (CAEA) is located in the village of Brettingham in Suffolk.
It is a co-educational school, with both boarding and day programmes for students up
to the age of 19. CAEA specialises in the education of pupils with a broad range of
learning challenges in very small classes. During 2015-16 they fundraised to pay for
refurbishment of classrooms at
Unity Nursery in The Gambia.
Chestnut Grove is a comprehensive school in Balham, South London,
which has academy status, as a specialised Art College, but also
covers a wide curriculum, with many students choosing the English
Baccalaureate. Chestnut Grove has a close relationship with
Banyaka Lower Basic School in The Gambia. They have annual fundraising
events which pay for the sponsorship of two Gambian students, and
for various projects at Banyaka.
Christ's Hospital is an independent boarding school for boys
and girls aged 11 to 18, located in West Sussex, a few miles
south of Horsham.. They have raised considerable sums of
money for various Pageant projects, helping schools such as
Ndow UBS in Bakau and
Sinchu Baliya LBS.
The boys from Peele A & B Houses have been running an
Arts Festival each year since 2004 to fund the sponsorship
of a boy, who is currently at Glory Baptist SSS.
Collyer's (The College of Richard Collyer) was founded in Horsham
in 1532 and after hundreds of years as a grammar school, it is now
a Sixth Form College. Collyer's has been awarded 'Beacon Status' in
Science for its outstanding teaching. The school works in partnership
with other schools to design, develop, test and share innovative
ideas to raise standards of teaching and learning. Joe Brock, Head
of Science, has produced teaching units and resources for use in
UK schools. He adapted these for use in The Gambia, producing science
and electronics teaching kits, and specially written teacher's manuals.
He has also helped to organise and teach at Pageant's science workshops
in The Gambia, assisted by current and former Collyer's students.
See the following links for more information:
- Pageant's Science and Microscopy Workshops
- complete list, 2006 to present
- Horsham newspaper 'The Resident' reported Collyer's
part in the 2012 workshops.
Read the online version here.
- Teaching in The Gambia
- ex-Collyer's student, Lauren Rickwood - June 2011
Dame Tipping School
The pupils of Dame Tipping CE Primary School
in Havering-Atte-Bower, Essex, have engaged in a lot of
fundraising for Pageant. This has allowed them to sponsor
pupils at Gambian schools.
Downsend School in Leatherhead, Surrey is a co-educational day
preparatory school, providing education from 2 to 13. They
have made Pageant their Charity of the Year for 2007-8.
Glenesk School is a kindergarten and nursery school in East Horsley,
Surrey. They collected a large number of packets of
vegetable seeds for Pageant at a Harvest Festival in 2005,
which were then sent to various vegetable gardens in The
Manor Green Primary School
Manor Green Primary School in Crawley, West Sussex, have raised funds
for and donated materials to
and exchanged letters with Campama children. In 2016, their Harvest Festival
celebrations produced lots of packets of seeds to be taken to The Gambia.
(see this news page)
Pageant news page
Ringwood School is a secondary school in Ringwood, Hampshire,
with a close link with
They have donated educational materials and sports
equipment. In 2006, the old school minibus took part in the Plymouth
Banjul Challenge, and in 2007 the IceCold teams in this Challenge
visited the school to help with their fundraising.
Southwater Junior Academy
Southwater County Junior School, in Southwater, near Horsham
became an academy on 1 July 2011. The school has donated large
numbers of classroom tables, chairs, cabinets etc. This
Pageant news item
shows some of this furniture being packed into a container
for dispatch to The Gambia.
Trafalgar Community Infants School
Pageant news page
Trafalgar Community Infants School in Horsham has a link with
Kings Kid Academy,
and the pupils of the two schools exchange letters. In December 2008
they held a Secret Market to raise funds for Kings Kid.
Warnham School is a primary school in Horsham, West Sussex.
Ben, one of Warnham School's pupils, organised fundraising
events at the school and they purchased Glowstar solar
powered lanterns for the villagers of Siffoe and Bakalarr.
Westdene Primary School
Pageant news page
Westdene Primary School in Brighton organised a pen
and pencil collection for Abuko Nursery School (see
Pageant news item)
and has a letter exchange programme running with Albion Lower Basic
School in Banjul. During February 2012, Westdene teacher, Tom Kimber,
organised a group of teachers on a week-long visit to Albion LBS.
William Barcroft Junior School
William Barcroft Junior School in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire
has donated £216.33 for
Campama Lower Basic School
in August 2008. The William Barcroft Headteacher told us that
she visited Campama about two years before, was shown around
the school by the Deputy Headteacher, and was able to talk to
some of the children. On her return she held a school assembly,
told the children about her visit and they decided to do some