A ‘force for good’ in local community

Members of the newly set up Community Action Team, at Parker EACT Academy.
Members of the newly set up Community Action Team, at Parker EACT Academy.
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A SECONDARY school in Daventry has launched a pioneering new project to help out the wider community.

A-level students at The Parker EACT Academy - formerly William Parker School in Daventry - will be part of the Sixth Form Community Action Team which was launched on Monday.

A total of 20 students have so far signed up to the team and they will be getting involved in both small and large projects both within and outside the school. Current projects include gardening, decorating, cleaning and clearing graffiti.

The launch on Monday was attended by Daventry MP Chris Heaton-Harris and the town’s mayor, Cllr Ron Fox.

And the initiative, the first of its kind, could soon be adopted by other schools.

The academy’s head of sixth form, Steve Flanagan, said: “The Community Action Team is attracting attention across the Midlands, specifically from 
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards committee.

“They are watching it as a case study for the Gold Award Volunteering Programme. Other schools will emulate what we are doing as the volunteering and character elements of post-6 education is high up on the political agenda.

“We really believe that our students can become a force for good in the local community.”