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Persimmon donates £500 to send students to ‘boot camp’

22 May 2015

Persimmon has helped pay the costs of sending more than 30 children on a study ‘boot camp’ ahead of their GCSE exams.

Thirty seven students from Hawthorn High School in Hawthorn, Pontypridd, stayed overnight at Dare Valley Country Park in April.

The school organised the event to sharpen the 15 to 16 year olds’ skills before their tests in the coming weeks.

Persimmon Homes East Wales has donated £500 to the school which will go towards the organising costs of the two-day-study sessions.

It is currently building Dyffryn Glas, a development of 56 homes in the village of Hawthorn near to the school.

Gill Lee, who is part of the raising standards team at Hawthorn High School, said: “The money from Persimmon Homes East Wales makes a massive difference as we are always looking to arrange extracurricular activities that can boost the children’s education.

We decided on this ‘Maths and English boot camp’ as a final push before the pupils’ final exams.

Rather than going over the whole subjects again we monitor what part of Maths or English they need to work on. So for example a pupil may have difficulty with quotations so their focus is on that rather than other section they are already comfortable with.”

Victoria Williams, head of sales at Persimmon Homes East Wales, added: “Hawthorn High School is just matter of yards from our Dyffryn Glas development and it is only right that we contribute in any form to the local community.

The boot camp sounded an impressive and enterprising idea and so we wanted to support the school and the students before they get their heads down for exams.

We wish all of them best.”

Dyffryn Glas boasts two to four bedroom homes with prices starting from £147,995.

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