Mercury Summer Makeover Launches

10 Jun 2015

Ravenswood School is delighted to announce that the North Somerset Mercury is launching a very special campaign to help us - the Mercury Summer Makeover.

The newspaper is bringing together an army of volunteers from local businesses, clubs and charities, residents and parents to embark on this special project - to refurbish the school.

Mercury Summer Makeover banner 

Working with the school, the paper plans to bring a band of helpers onto the school site during the summer holidays - from July 20 - to 'makeover' the Primary Department - known as the Annexe.


The North Somerset Mercury says "The school has 112 students, all with a range of complex needs from autism to communication difficulties.  It is a fantastic asset to the community.  A safe and caring haven for these special children who need extra support.  Ravenswood has a team of dedicated and caring staff, supportive parents and a committed parents association.  But the building itself, particularly the primary department, which caters for children aged between four and 11, is in desperate need of some TLC."


Classrooms need re-painting, ceilings need mending and furniture replacing.  The plumbing needs upgrading and bookshelves and new study areas need to be built.  Fencing needs to go up, brambles need to be cleared and gardens need to be tended.


And that's where you can help...


This project is about the community helping the community and and we want to hear from anyone who can help us.


     • Are you a community group, charity, sports club, business or individual who has a few hours to spare this summer?


     • Would you like to make a donation - either cash, equipment or materials - towards the cost of the refurbishment?


     • Or perhaps you can offer a prize for our grand charity auction, the proceeds of which will go to support the project.


We are looking for contributions, big or small.  Every single penny and hour donated will go towards improving the learning environment for our children.



Your Special School Needs You



Make a donation


Log onto - and make a donation to Ravenswood School Parents and Friends Association.

One hundred per cent of all donations made through Givey to the Mercury Summer Makeover will be received by the charity.  Payments are made through the PayPal Giving Fund using PayPal or debit or credit card.  Every penny will help our amazing project!


Donate a prize for the auction or summer fayre raffle and tombola; We would love to hear from anyone who would like to donate us a prize for either the auction or tombola and raffle.  The auction will take place at the school Summer Fayre which is being held from 12pm-4pm on June 28 at the school.  As well as the auction there will also be a barbecue, circus skills tent, live music, bar, face painting and lots of stalls.  If you want to donate a prize you can contact the school on 01275 854134 or email or call the Mercury newsroom on 01275 857269 or email



Give us your time!


Have you an hour to spend helping out? There are so many tasks to do at the school. We would like to hear from contractors, gardeners, local residents, community groups and businesses who could spare us just a few hours of their time to help with the work. To offer your services please complete a Volunteer Registration Form which will help us match people to suitable jobs.  You can download the form here:


Volunteer Registration Form (Word) - please email the completed form to

Volunteer Registration Form (pdf) - please print out the form, complete it by hand and return it to the school.


If you have any questions about volunteering or would like to talk to us first please contact the school on 01275 854134 or email



Organise a fundraiser


Are you a whizz in the kitchen?  Fancy doing a cake sale to raise funds?  Or perhaps you could do a charity head shave or even sit in a bath of beans?  Have you got a great idea to fundraise to help Ravenswood?  We'd love to hear from you!  Contact either the school or Heather.



Thanks for your support!