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4th Dec, 2021

Kingfisher School sets up unique pop-up shop selling upcycled goods

Harry Leach 12th Mar, 2019

TALENTED pupils from a Redditch school have ‘gone green’ by setting up an environmentally friendly pop-up shop in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

The shop, set by The Kingfisher School, sells quirky, upcycled goods which were hand-crafted by its pupils, for exceptionally low prices.

From storage jars made out of recycled pop cans, cutesy picture frames made from old pallets, to fully-functioning clocks made out of tired books – the Walford Walk shop has it all.

Careers enterprise lead, Sarah Harris, said: “Our school produces a lot of waste so we decided to be more proactive with the materials at our disposal.

“It all started after seeing an article about how many bottles are thrown into the sea each year, and the impact it has on the environment.

“Wanting to make a difference, we began creating foot-stalls out of used bottles.

“Then we started thinking – what else can we do?”

For the past two months the students, who have additional social, emotional and mental health needs, came up with interesting ways to turn old items, some donated by local businesses, into useful everyday house items.

They then executed their plans in school workshops.

“The pupils have learnt a lot of new skills along the way” said Sarah, “Including designing, sawing and sanding – it’s absolutely amazing to see.

“My job is to get them to college and I just know this will aid them in the future and help them achieve their dreams.”

Money raised will go towards setting up a new school kitchen.

Pupil Leon Homer, aged 14, said: “We want a new kitchen to help us cook healthier meals on a much bigger scale.

“I hope everyone likes what we have to offer because we have all worked hard.”

The shop will be open for two more days, between 9am and 4pm, tomorrow and Thursday before it closes for good.

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