Essendene Lodge Prep School in Caterham returned to school after the  in a double celebratory mood.

The school has been recognised by The Independent School Association for their outstanding international involvement. Essendene Lodge School has enjoyed a partnership with Msalura Primary School in Malawi for a decade.

The many fundraising initiatives by pupils and parents have helped to secure desks, improve toilets, provide a freshwater pump on site, introduce sports such as hockey and tennis and exchange of ideas on teaching and learning.

Whilst Malawi is currently also facing the challenges of the global pandemic the Essendene Community have continued their support by funding secondary girls education and also providing PPE equipment and food supplies to the neediest families.

Mrs Ali, Headteacher at Essendene Lodge School said she was delighted that the school has been recognised by the ISA for their involvement and thanked the pupils, parents and staff for their on-going effort and commitment to solidifying this partnership which undoubtedly has a positive impact on pupils here and in Malawi.