Students have collected over two thousand food items for the Exeter Foodbank after a three-week appeal.

The 2,157 items of non-perishable food – weighing over 905kg – beat not only the students target of 1,000 items, but smashed the school’s previous record of 1,364 items.

Led by Year 11 student, Jemima P, tutor group 10 Cedar collected donations from across the school community.

Jemima organised the campaign as part of her ‘Independent Learning Project’, and was assisted by fellow Year 11 student, Ece W, and Physics teacher Mrs Fitzhenry.

Pete Scott, from the Foodbank said: “In one week Exeter Foodbank feeds 80 to 100 people using just under a tonne of food. Therefore this is amazingly valuable – we can’t say a big enough thank you.”

Headteacher Mr Harris thanked the students, saying, “It is testimony to your set of values – this campaign is very important, especially at this time of year.”

“Jemima has been one of the best organisers we’ve ever had, and the 10 Cedar students have been superb,” added Mrs Fitzhenry, who has been overseeing the school’s annual collections since they began in 2009.

The Exeter Foodbank is a charity that provides emergency food to local people in need.

By Megan T, student reporter