On Tuesday 27th February, Barr Beacon School was excited to welcome its two newest pupils: the Mayor and Mayoress of Walsall. The honoured guests spent the morning doing everything Barr Beacon pupils do, even down to wearing the school’s uniform.
The Mayor and Mayoress followed pupils in a Year 7 form, taking part in French and maths lesson. The Year 7 form were a winning team in a school-wide competition to raise as much money as they could. Across the school, Barr Beacon had a week to raise as much as they could with sponsored silences, baking sales, sporting contests and dozens of other approaches. Year 11 pupil Charlie raised over £100 just by himself by making personalised plaques for teachers’ office doors. In total, pupils raised £3,211.51. On being presented with the full amount Mayor Cllr. Marco Longhi said he was “bowled over” and Mayoress Andrea Longhi said she was “lost for words”. They both enjoyed learning alongside Barr Beacon pupils, with the Mayor commenting: “the teaching environment here is second to none. Parents and staff are proud of pupils here – and rightly so.”
All of the money raised will go to the Mayor’s nominated charity, WPH Counselling and Education Service based in Walsall. These funds will now be used to benefit young people’s mental health. More information can be found on the Mayor of Walsall’s Facebook page.
Headteacher Lynsey Draycott said: “Our pupils are always keen to raise money for charity, especially such a worthy cause at the Mayor’s. With the added incentive of having the Mayor and Mayoress join their class, they really outdid themselves.”