Leyton Orient’s community commitments took the club to the Hornbeam Academy at the Brookfield House site in South Woodford recently where children were presented with tickets for that weekends match against Blackpool.
A small group of selected students gathered in their classroom to meet Howard Gould, Orient’s Community Liaison Officer, who presented them with the tickets and it is safe to say that they were extremely excited at the prospect of watching Orient from the stands at Brisbane Road!
After introductions and a short photo session, they then led a tour of their school to show the facilities they have on offer.
This school, situated in Woodford Green, opened in September last year and specialises in supporting children aged 2-19 with learning and physical disabilities. It currently caters for 110 students with generally one teacher per class who is supported by three further staff. Students are funded by their respective borough, many of which come from Waltham Forest.
Nick Brittain, teacher at the Brookfield House site, spoke about the running of the school and what it offers to pupils.
“The curriculum is adapted to individual needs,” he said, “and there are small classes of around seven or eight. We teach by topics. This half term it is festivals such as Christmas and Diwali. There is also a physio programme here which supports the student’s physical needs and encourages mobility and independence.”
As a Leyton Orient season ticket holder, Nick was more than happy to share some of his memories as a supporter. “I came to my first match at Orient in 2006. I think it was against Mansfield and they won 1-0; the promotion season. I went to most of the games and then myself and a friend thought we may as well get a season ticket! We’ve been season ticket holders for the last ten years!”
After a very enjoyable hour spent in their company, the students returned to work for the afternoon but not before one of the young pupils then mentioned he had a birthday coming up and was hoping to meet the O’s mascot Theo as part of his match day experience!
If you would like more information on Hornbeam Academy, contact:
Brookfield House School,
Tel: 020 8527 2464 email: [email protected] www.hornbeamacademy.org