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If you were in Gatcombe Park last Friday you would have seen about 230 pirates roaming the school grounds, writes headteacher Carole Roberts.

It comes as pupils and staff put on their stripy shirts, eyepatches and told terrible pirate jokes for a dress-up-as-a-pirate day.

The school council decided to hold the day to raise money for a girl who is starting at Gatcombe Park in September.

Sophia-Rose Cook needs surgery to help improve a medical condition.

It’s been left to the family to raise money to pay for the treatment.

The council thought it would be a welcoming gesture to Sophia-Rose.

Everyone was keen to join in on the day.

So everyone paid £1 to come dressed as a pirate.

Profit made from selling refreshments on sports day will go towards the fundraising.

Earlier this year the school council helped organise the Talent Show.

This saw children from all year groups singing, dancing and playing different musical instruments for fun and to entertain all of their families and friends.

More than £500 was raised on the night.

The school council has decided to split all the money raised equally between Cancer Research UK and Help for Heroes.

And it’s not just raising money for charity that the school council takes responsibility for.

As well as supporting charities the school councillors represent the views of their classmates on lots of school issues.

This could include improving the playground and feedback on the curriculum.