Virgin Media Volunteer at Percy Hedley School

We were so grateful when Glenn, who’s grandson attends Percy Hedley School and who works for Virgin Media, approached Percy Hedley School to ask whether he could come in to participate in some volunteering. Both himself, and his colleague Geoff then arranged to come into the school for some volunteering days.

After looking at the Outdoor Learning area, rather than just helping out with some weeding, Glenn explained that they would team up with their contractor, Utility Support Solutions (USS) to see if they could get a better path installed, all at their expense.  In only a few days, the whole of the existing path, including a paved area, had all been taken up and re-laid with fresh tarmac!  Glenn and Geoff returned to tidy the area ready for the Grand opening on Monday.  

The work that these generous people have carried out has made a huge difference to school.  We now have an area that is accessible all year round, by ALL students at school. Here they are enjoying the grand opening complete with soup and marshmallows!

John, teacher at Percy Hedley School said “We whole-heartedly believe in the benefits of Outdoor Learning, and we want to bring learning outdoors to as many of our students who like, want and need it. Thanks to everyone involved in this. Hopefully in time many of you will get to see the sensory parts, the dens, the raised beds and other things that the team put on there. Thank you again to Virgin Media and Utility Support Solutions.”

Virgin Media O2 gives staff paid volunteering days to support community projects – either in-person or digitally – which helps them build connections to their local community. With 18,000 employees working for the business, its staff donates thousands of hours of time each year to help charities, community groups, and schools throughout the UK.

Glenn Hughes said: “We’re thrilled to have put our volunteering days to good use and made a difference for a truly incredible school in Newcastle. This project will help future generations of children going to Percy Hedley and seeing the happiness it brings to the children is amazing.”

Thank you so much to all involved!

Percy Hedley School donates over £1000 to The Dog and Cat Shelter

Last summer students from Percy Hedley School decided that they wanted to do some fundraising as part of a class project.  After some discussion, they agreed on The Dog and Cat shelter as a worthy cause and so they got in touch to ask how they could support them.

The class came up with the idea of a sponsored dog walk over the course of a week, to try and walk 5 miles each by the end of the week!


They had hoped to raise around £150-£200 so when the final figure was over £1000 they were thrilled! People were so generous with their donations and the Dog and Cat shelter were delighted too!

Percy Hedley School Fayre

We were delighted to host our postponed Summer Fayre this week at Percy Hedley School, and what an absolutely brilliant turn out it was! From current students and families, to welcoming back passed students and even people from our local community, it was absolutely brilliant to see so many smiling faces!

Lots of fun was had on the Tea cup rides, Fayre games and Stalls and some children enjoyed having a go in the Community Police vehicles. We also had lots of our visitors who enjoyed holding the ferrets in the animal rescue tent. No fayre is complete without the obligatory treats, and many enjoyed pizza, hot dogs cakes and even Ice cream!








Chloe is taking part in the Mini GNR


Percy Hedley School student Chloe is completing the Mini GNR on the 11th September, following on from her huge success of 2019! She will be walking the last 50m of the Junior Great North Run using the support of her walking aid to get across the finish line.

Chloe has Cerebral Palsy, which affects her physical development as well as her ability to verbally communicate, however it definitely doesn’t affect her personality! She is such a happy, smiley girl! 

From the age of 10 months old, Chloe attended School for Parents, which was a weekly Conductive Education class based at Percy Hedley School. This gave Chloe and her family the opportunity to learn and practice important therapies that Chloe accesses on a daily basis to allow her to develop essential skills.

Chloe’s mum Amanda says:

“We knew from attending these classes that we wanted Chloe to attend School here, having all of the therapists, specialist teaching, support assistants and medical staff on one site, working so closely together was extremely important for us as parents, so Chloe started her education here in 2019. 

School provides Chloe with daily access to these essential therapies and an individualised curriculum while making it a fun experience. Chloe loves school and thrives in their care and we’d like to raise funds to say a huge THANK YOU to the Foundation for making an incredible difference to Chloe’s quality of life.”

If you would like to sponsor and support Chloe, please click the link below.

Virgin Money Giving | Great North Run Mini 50