Pupils return from The Gambia

Pupils from The Kingswood School, Corby, returned this week from a week-long stay in The Gambia.

Fourteen students, aged from 15 to 18, as well as eight adults took part in the trip to West Africa where they visited the village of Penyem.

David Tristram, former headmaster of the school and a member of the Rotary Club of Corby Phoenix, said: “Sixth form pupils have visited The Gambia over the past three years partnering the Northampton Trust Fund. We have assisted with a number of projects and it has been a fantastic educational experience for our young people.”

Members of the rotary club raised funds to build and fit out a much-needed four-bed medical unit next to the village school. On the latest visit pupils helped build a toilet block for the school. Funds for the project were raised during a Spend a Penny appeal at the school, at Corby Phoenix and across the county.

Mel Jarvis, of the rotary club, said: “It was an amazing visit and everything went fantastically well.”