Pond Meadow School & Academy Trust – a wonderful experience

Pond Meadow School and Academy Trust provides education for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), and with Complex and Profound Learning Difficulties (including complex medical needs). The school is based in Guildford and provides places for children aged 2 – 19.

W.Bro Colin Jobson PPJGW, a member and Past Master of Sir Francis Drake Lodge no 6053, knowing that the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Ian Chandler had selected Pond Meadow School as one of his chosen Charities for the current year kindly invited a number of Royal Arch Companions to visit the school in his capacity as a Trustee on 20th January.

W.Bro Colin and Head Teacher Mr David Monk met E Comps Ian Chandler ME Grand Superintendent, Stephen Dingvean PGStB 2ndProvGPrin, Mark Watkins PAGDC AProvGP, Ken Martin AProvGP and Paul Wicking ProvGChStwd in the reception lobby and after the signing in formalities gave the group a wonderful guided tour of the entire facility.

The school currently caters for in excess of 100 pupils but demands on the school for places is expected to increase the number to around 150 in the foreseeable future.

Mr Monk was therefore at pains to point out that the school is hugely grateful for all the support that it receives from Surrey Freemason’s. Sir Francis Drake Lodge has been at the forefront of this support for many years and has recently committed the funds to provide a wheelchair enabled swing for the playground.

The visiting Companions were enormously impressed by the dedication, patience and skill of all the staff at the school and the wonderful and fulfilling work that is undertaken on behalf of the children and their families.

The Royal Arch Province of Surrey has committed to additional support in the future and more will be forthcoming from the Provincial Charity Steward, E Comp Paul Wicking, over the coming weeks.

After Q&A’s and a general discussion over a cup of tea and slice of cake graciously laid on by the school, the group took their leave with heartfelt thanks to Mr Monk, his staff and W.Bro Colin Jobson for their generous hospitality.

Article by Mark Watkins

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