• Sarah D. Young, Headteacher : telephone 01263 578144

Registered charity number 1043486

Our Charitable Objectives

are to raise funds to increase opportunities and enhance the education of the pupils at Sidestrand Hall School, either individually or as a group. It is not for day to day running expenses.

The Trustees meet termly to review the accounts, review the shop operations and to make grant decisions

We raise funds from :-

  • Income from our charity shop – Strands
  • Commission on school photographs
  • Smile Amazon and Just Giving donations
  • Sales of unsold rags and books (Ziffit)
  • Annual fundraising events – Summer Fete and Xmas fayre.
  • Donations from parents, governors, staff, local businesses eg for raffle prizes at our annual events, for other activities in the year eg Strandfest and direct donations

Seeking grant donations from external charities. We have been fortunate to receive the following grants:-

Who from How much When What for
Wooden Spoon £18000 Nov 19 6th form Skills pod
Tennis Foundation £862 Oct 17 Tennis
Exigo £500 Feb 16 6th form flat
Wooden Spoon £9000 Oct 14 Clement Lodge conservatory
Forever Manchester £200 Jan 14 Breakfast club
Santander Foundation £5000 Nov 13 Clement Lodge conservatory
Wolfson Foundation £50000 Sep 13 Workshop
Yorkshire Building Society £1436 Sep 13 Trampoline
Big Lottery Fund £6865 Jul 13 Summer school
Hedley Foundation £1000 Jul 13 Trampoline
Parent £3000 Jan 13 Clement Lodge
Clothworkers Foundation £14000 Jun 12 IT
SFIA £1000 Feb 12 Adventure playground
Big Lottery Fund £8709 Jul 11 Respite provision
LSIS £23660 2011-12 Respite provision

What we have done with funds raised in the past few years:-

What How much when
Paid for the Nest school visit £300 FY 19-20
Strandfest contribution £126 FY 19-20
Anti bullying show £375 FY 19-20
Pupil Xmas presents £200 FY 19-20
Library books £5000 FY 19-20
Library bus purchase and remodel £25000 FY 18-19 AND FY19-20
Craic £300 FY 19-20
Selfish Giant production £295 FY 19-20
KS 2 Pantomime visit – shortfall £457 FY 18-19
Plants £133 FY 18-19
Board games £47 FY 18-19
Incentive rewards for house system £805 FY 17-18
Residential grant Edale £250 FY 17-18
Lower school Osmo explorer equipment £500 FY 17-18
6th form shrubs £150  
Xbox 360, controller, games for ELM £200 FY 17-18
Norwich puppet theatre workshop/performance £600 FY 17-18
Wind in the Willows musical theatre £295 FY 17-18
books £200 FY 17-18
Activities  week £4600 FY 17-18
Market stalls £958 FY 17-18
Duke of Edinburgh equipment £750 FY 17-18
Tea party – Hatters £50 FY 17-18
based at 5 Church Street, Cromer – was opened in 2013 to raise funds for Strands Charity and also to provide a work experience base for our students to help develop their independence and life skills.

The shop is managed by a fantastic team of volunteers led by our shop manager – Sheila Neale.

Strands is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4pm

Donations can be taken to the shop during opening hours or, if from parents, sent into school.

We love good quality clothes, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, crockery, bric-a-brac, CD’s, DVD’s, bed linen and curtains, unwanted gifts and much more. We can now also accept small electrical items (as Cromer Electric have very kindly offered to PAT test them for free before resale).

Any items which are donated and we can’t sell are sent for recycling, with textiles raising additional funds through the ragbag programme and books being sold to Ziffit.

The shop is also a drop off point for donations of toiletries to Leeway – a domestic abuse charity that the School supports.

Shop telephone number – 01263 515188

The School/Shop is a member of Cromer Chamber of Commerce

Volunteer in Strands Shop

We are always looking for cheerful and trustworthy volunteers to join our happy team at the shop. Tasks may include:-

  • Sorting donations
  • Steam cleaning garments
  • Tagging and pricing items for sale
  • Assisting/serving customers and taking payments (using an electronic till)
  • Opening/closing the shop
  • Displaying items for sale
  • Keeping shop floor and ancillary areas clean and tidy

Training for all tasks is given and the schools safe recruitment processes followed for all volunteers.

Please contact the School Business Manager at Sidestrand Hall School for an initial informal discussion/application form or pop into the shop for a chat with Sheila and collect an application form from there if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

Donate goods to our shop 

We love good quality clothes, accessories, handbags, shoes, jewelry, books, toys, crockery, bric-a-brac, CD’s, DVD’s, bed linen and curtains, unwanted gifts and much more. We can now also accept small electrical items. Drop off at the shop between 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday or at the school during school hours.

Purchase goods from Smile Amazon instead of regular Amazon

prices are the same, just select Strands as your charity of choice and we will receive a donation of 0.05% of the sale price. www.smile.amazon.co.uk

Donate monies direct to the Charity

speak to the School Business Manager for bank details