We are pleased to announce we are involved with The Red Box Project which is a nationwide, community funded initiative to ensure that no young woman misses school because she has her period and lacks access to sanitary products.

The Red Box Project encourages individuals in the local community to sponsor a Red Box in a school near them, working together to keep it filled with sanitary towels and spare underwear.

The box is easily accessible through an appropriate member of staff and plain bags are included for discretion.

Posters placed in the girls’ lavatories signpost the box, its content and location, and leaflets are provided for both the pupil and the teacher which gives a thorough overview and understanding about the purpose of The Red Box Project.

The Red Box Projects press release comments that: “Overstretched teachers already take on the responsibility of helping pupils in need and schools keep small stocks of sanitary items for emergencies. The problem is that limited budgets mean they are usually able to hand out just a couple at a time. The Red Box supports young women throughout their period with as many sanitary products as they need plus the added reassurance of a few left over to prevent a panic next month. No tearful panics in the loo. No wadded up toilet roll. No anxious embarrassment. No missed lessons or staying at home. No missed education.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “Schools take an increasing responsibility for the wider welfare of children and this is an area where we have had to take a more active role in recent years. The Red Box Project is a wonderful project and there is no doubt it plays an important role in supporting girls welfare and academic progress. We would urge all parents to check out their website – http://www.redboxproject.org/ – and to support the initiative in any way that you can.