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Headteacher and deputy following in footsteps of Chaucer's pilgrims

Ian Hughes 4th May, 2018

A SCHOOL head and his deputy from Leamington are preparing to follow in the footsteps of Chaucer’s pilgrims.

Trinity School head Chris Gabbett and deputy head Jon Shires will be walking from London to Canterbury to support special needs pupils in Warwickshire.

The 66 mile walk will be completed over three days, starting on Friday near to where Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales pilgrims began at Southwark Cathedral in London, and finishing at Canterbury Cathedral.

They are aiming to raise £12,000 to support the expansion of Peter’s Place, a unit for young people with a diagnosis of autism, who find mainstream school environments too challenging to engage with as a result of significant anxiety.

It was established in 2016, in partnership with Warwickshire County Council.

There is major need for additional places, and expansion is necessary. Warwickshire County Council is making a contribution but budget cuts means extra cash is needed.

Mr Gabbett said: “Peter’s Place is an amazing setting. Most of the pupils who attend have been outside of the school system, and Trinity has successfully integrated them back into schooling.

“We are extremely proud of what it has achieved. We are aiming to raise a lot of money, but it will enable children to access schooling who are currently outside of the education system.”

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