KIND-hearted pupils from a Ramsbottom-based tutoring group have taken on a tough lockdown challenge to raise over £2,000 for the NHS.

School might have been out for most children over the past three months – in the traditional sense, at least,

But students from A Star Tuition Group have been working hard to keep up with their studies.

Owner Helen Wilson decided to give the children an extra initiative for their learning and channel their efforts towards something positive, resulting in her setting up a Sponsored Spell

Pupils were given a list of 200 difficult to spell words to learn as part of their homework. The sponsored spelling event was run during A Star’s online sessions where children were tested on 50 words, with a focus on 'tough' words.

Those considered particularly trick included 'embarrass', 'privilege' and 'communication'.

Helen said: "We’d been talking about the pandemic in our sessions, and several of the pupils have family members who are key workers.

"The children understood what a wonderful job these unsung heroes are doing and were extremely keen to help raise funds.

“Most children nationwide have struggled to stay motivated since finishing school and I found that for many of our pupils, it was the boost they needed.

"They took the challenge very seriously and I’m absolutely delighted that we smashed our target of £2,000, raising a fantastic £2,183 for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Charitable Trust."

A-Star Tuition Group is a child-centred service that enables five to sixteen-year olds to gain results that truly reflect their academic abilities. The business offers tailored learning programmes that suit every child’s unique requirements in a fun, welcoming and highly motivational environment. With an impressive pass rate for SATs and GCSE exams, the group boasts a 100% pass rate for the entrance exams to Bury Grammar and Bolton School, with an outstanding pass rate for BRGS.

Last year the business was crowned “Tuition Group of The Year” for Greater Manchester in The Corporate Livewire Manchester Prestige Awards, beating off stiff competition from across the region.

Since lockdown Helen and her team have been helping hundreds of children across the North West through online sessions covering key subjects.