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Ashill Forest School Posted on: 19/11/2020

Ashill Forest School

Ashill Forest School Leaders Ashill pre-school and primary school were delighted that their two teachers Kelly Napper and Pamela Mount signed up to attend practical training to become fully qualified Forest School leaders by July 2021 for children aged 2 - 11years.   Kelly, who has worked in the preschool for 4 years has always wanted to become a Forest School Leader and has been able to set up a wealth of facilities at Ashill Primary School to include: two curriculum cabins for all-weather use, a fire pit area, a mud kitchen, a den building corner as well as a Greenhouse and gardening section.  All this has been achieved with help from parents, staff volunteers and in particular local tradesman, Marc Burgess. Marc has also very kindly helped renovate a large proportion of the school garden site and even helped clear away the garden waste and debris. The result is a completely transformed Forest School area. Marc, whose daughter used to attend the school and now his two granddaughters attend the school was delighted to offer his help and support. The school and pupils would like to thank Marc and all the helpers for their time and commitment in making this possible for the school and they cannot wait to enjoy the new facilities.   Kelly’s vision, to provide Forest School to the whole school each week, as an extracurricular opportunity will soon be complete. She also has plans for an after-school club and future holiday workshops. Kelly would like to see the school being able to welcome visitors to the site once restrictions are over and to invite parents to come in and take part in workshops. This will provide a fabulous experience for the pupils and parents and offer something for the local community. She also hopes this could in turn help provide funds for future development and resources.Categories: 1 CategorySchool News
Trust celebrates successful allocation of funding to improve school buildings for pupils. Posted on: 7/10/2020

Trust celebrates successful allocation of funding to improve school buildings for pupils.

Trust celebrates successful allocation of funding to improve school buildings for pupils. The Redstart Learning Partnership (TRLP) is delighted to announce that they have been awarded nearly two million pounds in Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) money in this year's round of bidding. The Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is an annual bidding round for eligible educational establishments and this year The Department for Education (DfE) provided funding of over £434m for 1,476 projects at 1,243 academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools.  The fund considers applications for keeping educational provider buildings safe and in good working order, including funding projects to address health and safety issues, building compliance and poor building condition. The CIF money received by the TRLP is being spent on new boilers and pipework at Winsham, Castle and Priorswood, new windows at Ashill and Holy Trinity, new roofs at Priorswood, Buckland and Holy Trinity, and a new fire alarm system at Redstart. The projects have been taking place over the last few months and should all be finished by the end of April 2021. This, along with a significant investment of around £400k for refurbishment work at Minerva planned for this academic year, more than £100k of investment planned or spent at Winsham since it joined the Trust, and very significant fencing projects at Holy Trinity, Redstart and Minerva last year (with a combined cost of around £135k), means that TRLP has done extremely well in securing capital investment in our schools over the last couple of years. This money will ensure that our school buildings and sites can continue to be safe and comfortable places for our pupils, and allow all our staff to concentrate on our primary aim of providing an outstanding education for every child.      Categories: 1 CategorySchool News

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