According to research by girls’ rights charity Plan International UK, 49% of girls have missed an entire day of school because of their period, and 59% of these have made up a lie or an alternate excuse to take the day off.

We want to combat this at Retford Oaks and ensure that all girls in our academy are able to access sanitary protection and other essential items which will guarantee that they do not miss out on valuable education time.

We have now joined forces with The Red Box Project and have established donation points in the local WI, Asda staff canteen and Retford Library.

Please donate whichever items you can – be that sanitary protection, underwear, tights or any other items, if you are near one of our donation points. Items must be brand new and in the original packaging or boxes. Donations can also be dropped off at our academy reception. We hope to have more donation points available soon.

We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude for your support in enabling our young people to receive an education in comfort, and with dignity, by accessing essential items which many of us take for granted.

Find out more about donating on the Red Box Project website.