Funding boost for local school equipment
12 August 2021
A primary school in Staffordshire that is in desperate need of funding to upgrade its equipment has been given a lifeline.
Oulton First School in Stone has received a £1,000 donation from West Midlands as part of its Community Champions scheme.
We make £64,000 a month available to fund local community initiatives across the UK.
Oulton First School is set within a strong local community, with a significant number of its children being welcomed from surrounding areas.
It caters for children from three years of age in its nursery through to learners of nine years and promotes Christian and moral values.
However, the school has extremely limited funds available and fundraising opportunities have been restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Claire Peace, a volunteer from the Parent, Teachers and Friends Association (PFTA), said: “We’re so shocked to have been chosen by Persimmon Homes, it’s absolutely incredible news!
“We’re in desperate need of new books for our children because some of our current stock is over 30 years old and in some cases in poor repair.
“At the moment funds are quite depleted because we had to invest in additional IT equipment due to the pandemic restrictions.
“We usually hold fairs, non-uniform days and cake sales to raise money but obviously over the past 18 months or so it has been very difficult.
“This extra money will allow us to increase our range of books on wellbeing, diversity and nature as well as ensuring our non-fiction stock is modern, up to date, engaging and interesting.”
Oulton First School enables its children to achieve their potential through an exciting and vibrant curriculum, and it has big plans to shake things up for the rest of the year.
Claire added: “Children love to learn outdoors so we’re planning a new forest school which will see plantation of trees and areas to encourage wildlife.
“Going forward we’ll be planning more lessons outside and thinking of different ways to make learning even more fun and enjoyable.
“Hopefully our kids will be excited and engaged in this new environment which can only be a positive thing for their development.”
David Greengrass, head of sales for West Midlands, said: “Education is really important for the development of children so we’re really pleased to be supporting Oulton First School with this £1,000 donation.
“The pandemic has put a strain on a lot of schools, community groups and charities so to be able to help fund new equipment gives me great pleasure.
“We’re extremely passionate about the places where we build and we always look to invest in the future so hopefully this will have long term benefits for the local area.”
For more information regarding Community Champions funding visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.