Star pupils on Worcestershire site rewarded for school work

15 April 2016

Worcestershire Traveller Education Service (TES) and Rooftop Housing Group have been working together to help the children living on Houndsfield Lane Traveller site do better at school.

Children from the Gypsy and Traveller community are amongst the lowest achieving groups in schools in England, with typically low attendance.

The TES and Rooftop – a housing association that owns and manages several sites in the UK – decided to help turn this trend around and to support the children from the Houndsfield Lane community.

The project they came up with motivates the children to stay in school and get the best opportunities that education can bring them.

Five children who now have over 90% attendance at their local school were awarded laptops by Rooftop Housing Group’s Chief Executive Ian Hughes at a special ceremony held at Wythall Library.

Tony Henderson Rooftops’ Gypsy and Traveller Project Manager said “this is an exciting project that will help and enable the children at Houndsfield Lane to achieve educational outcomes and is the first step in Rooftop delivering more than just housing to our Gypsy and Traveller customers”.

Photo - L to R Jack Evans, TJ Evans, Tallulah Smith, Ian Hughes, Lawrence Smith, Tiegan Winson