Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Transforming outdoors too

ONE man who is passionate about Badgemore primary is parent governor Tuc Ahmad.

He has been working hard to improve the school’s grounds, overseeing the removal of thick laurel trees and the planting of native saplings, coppices and hedgerows as well as a fruit orchard.

The school has bought beehives with the help of a grant from Tesco and is in the process of creating a large pond.

Mr Ahmad, a business development director who works with pharmaceutical companies, drew up a 10-year plan to improve the grounds. He says: “It’s a fabulous canvas to work with. I decided I wouldn’t take money from the school purse, but would work independently with the community to see what we could achieve.”

Mr Ahmad admits that Badgemore was not the first choice for him and his wife, Dr Anette Thern, for their sons Noah, four, and Isaac, eight, but they soon changed their minds.

“My wife went along and she really loved the atmosphere,” he says. “She thought it was a special place. It’s a nice, close-knit, nurturing environment.

“Jacky is just a force of nature. She’s incredibly hard-working and committed and leads from the front. She’s such an example to the staff and they are really motivated to follow her.”

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