Students and teachers sleep rough in quad of St John's School, Leatherhead

Fifty students slept outdoors in sleeping bags at St John’s School in Leatherhead

Fifty students slept outdoors in sleeping bags at St John’s School in Leatherhead

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Students and teachers slept rough at school on Monday night to raise money for a charity project.

Fifty students slept outdoors in sleeping bags in the quadrangle of St John’s School in Epsom Road, Leatherhead.

The sleep-out raised more than £5,000 towards a week-long holiday at the school for 20 children with significant learning disabilities in the summer.

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Judith Fowler, who organised the night, said: "It was a great experience for us all, including six other teachers!

"It demonstrated to our pupils what it is to be without shelter and it was a great way of raising money, as most pupils raised over £100 each for our school charity.

"Although the warm spring air had arrived, it seemed to have vacated the quad for that one particular night - but I am not put off and I know we would all do it again next year."

Fourth former Ruby Breakspear said: "I stayed out the whole night in the rain."

James Long, from the lower sixth said: "Turns out falling asleep to the sound of the rain is really infuriating - but it was a great thing to do for a good cause."

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