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Derbyshire Freemasons come to the aid of students from Mercia Academy

Photo of desks in a classroom


Derbyshire Freemasons came to the rescue of pupils who were preparing for their GCSEs after their school, Mercia Academy, was closed without warning due to safety concerns.

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons opened its doors after a call from Alternative Education. The organisation specialises in children’s alternative education through small group learning, physical education and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It works with pupils’ behavioural needs at schools such as Mercia Academy, and had been talking to the Derbyshire Freemasons about using their hall for lessons.

Malcolm Prentice and Richard Clarke of Derbyshire Freemasons and the team from across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire worked throughout the weekend to make sure the building was ready to welcome the pupils on Monday. Space was cleared, desks were laid out and the building soon resembled a classroom. The hall is used as a school until 3.30pm, before being used for ceremonies.

Malcolm said:

 ‘I’m heartened that so many people within the Freemasons and the local community cared that much about the education of the youngsters to prepare this incredible facility. We are happy to have been able to help the teenagers of Mercia Academy and wish them the best of luck in their exams.’

Alternative Education’s Charles Underhill said: 

‘We are inspired by the possibilities that arise when community organisations come together to support our youth. The partnership between Derbyshire Freemasons and Alternative Education Ltd serves as a testament to the strength of community bonds and the positive impact they can have on the lives of our students.’

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