Playground plan is in full swing

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FUNDRAISING for an all-weather pitch and outdoor play equipment at Bridgetown Primary School, in Stratford, is in full swing.

The school, in Byron Road, is raising £95,000, for Key Stage One play equipment, Key Stage Two play equipment, as well as a multi-use games area (Muga).

Pupils had the idea of a Bridgetown Bake Off and cake sale, to help reach the ambitious target, which was combined with a table top sale, held recently, raising £215.

Laura Fiander, chair of the Friends of Bridgetown School (Fobs), said: “The Bake Off was the children’s idea and they organised it, with a bit of help from us.

“We have plenty of fundraisers coming up, including a pantomime, disco, Mother’s Day event, where there will be a craft section, a Father’s Day event, Bridgetown’s Got Talent, bingo, a summer fayre.

 “There is a lot being planned, as well as the school applying for as many grants as possible.”

 Phase one of the project will involve purchasing and installing a £25,000 multi-play outdoor unit for Key Stage One pupils, including a wide slide and ravine bridge.

Deputy Headteacher of Key Stage One, Lisa Pinkerton, said: “Both the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two equipment were condemned about a year ago. The wood is rotting and is no longer safe to use. We have hopes to get something put in up by the summer.”

As part of phase two, £20,000 needs to be raised for a Key Stage Two trim trail to be installed, and in phase three, a multi-use games area will cost £50,000.

The school has been selected as one of the Tesco Bags of Help charities, and has also received £1,000 in a Carriers for Causes bid from One Stop Stores.

The school has received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes South Midlands’ Community Champions scheme, a county councillor grant of £300, as well as a donation from the Rosebird Community Hall of £1,000, totalling £3,550 raised in grants so far.

Any businesses interested in supporting the project have been asked to contact the school.

For more education news, see this week’s Herald, of Thursday 23rd February.