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Local primary school receives financial boost for library from our Wessex region

18 April 2023

A cash boost from Wessex will help Stratton CoE Primary School in Cirencester purchase much needed new resources for its school library and support a new outdoor ‘Reading Shed’.

The money donated by the region is part of our Community Champions initiative, which donates up to £750,000 a year to good local causes and organisations right across Great Britain.

The new resources within the school library will further enhance the learning opportunities for the 208 pupils and strengthen the school’s ability to enable each child to achieve their potential.

Funding will also be used to support the school’s aim to take reading outdoors and into the playground with construction of a purpose-built ‘Reading Shed’.

Commenting on the donation, Mrs Barbara Cartwright, Teacher at Stratton Primary School, said:

“We are delighted that Persimmon Homes are helping us to promote reading for pleasure in our school. 

“Following recent improvements to our library, we would like to take the fun of reading into the playground with our own Reading Shed. 

“This facility will contain a prime selection of our lovely books, managed by our Y6 librarians, along with some rugs for the children to comfortably take their reading outside. 

“We can’t wait to see them curled up under the trees and chattering about which books they have chosen!'

Sales Director for Persimmon Homes Wessex, Pauline Fletcher said:

“Persimmon Wessex is delighted to be able to support Stratton Church of England Primary School in Cirencester.

“As a local business we want to deliver more than just high quality homes – we’re also committed to providing support and leaving a lasting positive legacy in local communities.

“Our Community Champions initiative is all about supporting worthwhile causes, and Stratton CoE Primary School is a deserving recipient of such funding.

“We all know how important reading is for the development of young minds, and we’re pleased this donation will be used to restock and renew resources within the school’s library and support the next generation.”

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At Persimmon we're proud to support our local communities. Our Community Champions programme was established in 2015 and has already donated more than £3 million to over 3,500 good causes across Great Britain. We also have a programme of community events taking place as part of our partnership with Team GB for the 2024 Paris Olympics, along with other great initiatives. 


Our hugely successful Community Champions programme has already donated more than £1 million to good causes in England, Wales and Scotland. Whilst the programme is running, each of our regional offices makes a donation of up to £6,000 every quarter to local organisations.

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