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School in York Receives Early Christmas Present

02 January 2024

A school in York is celebrating after being awarded £5,000 to help pay for a new sound system in the school hall.

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Primary School in York has welcomed the donation after the school’s PTFA successfully applied for funding via an initiative run by housebuilder Persimmon.

Pupils this week joined parents from the PTFA and Headteacher Mrs Emma Barrs to formally receive a cheque for £5,000 at the school’s Christmas fair.

Both the school and PTFA have been working to secure funding to replace the existing school hall sound system which currently restricts the school’s ability to run larger group classes and events.

Once installed, the new improved sound system will ensure that all pupils and parents can enjoy school productions and plays as well as assemblies, group classes and religious services.

Headteacher Mrs Emma Barrs said: “'We are so grateful for this generous donation. 

“We value the contributions that worship, oracy, and performing arts bring for every child in our school and we are working hard to ensure our school hall can become an effective space for these things, to benefit the whole school community. 

“This donation will help us enormously. Thank you on behalf of all the staff and pupils'. 

Francesca Longbottom, Treasurer of the school’s PTFA said; “it means so much to know that the performances the children and teachers put so much work and effort into will now be enjoyed fully by everyone who comes to watch them.

“Thank you to Persimmon for this donation and helping us with our fundraising.”

Scott Waters, Persimmon Yorkshire Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be able to help such a fantastic school here in our home city of York.

“Teachers and parents do an unbelievable job continuously helping raise money to improve the learning experience for children.

“As a business it’s great to be able to help support communities in this way and I congratulate both the school and PTFA on all their fundraising efforts.”

Persimmon’s Community Champions scheme is open to all local charities, schools and community groups looking for funding with successful applicants receiving between £1,000 and £6,000

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