Environment

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Oakhill Primary is a small community focused school with under 280 pupils achieving an outstanding rating in the last Ofsted rating. The school strives to see each individual achieve their full potential and to promote the development of practical skills and encourage healthy lifestyles. The school shares it site with Brookfield House (Hornbeam Academy), a school that provides education and support for pupils between the age of 2 and 19 with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Oakhill Primary School is also part of a Federation, made up of 3 other schools within in the same London Borough. Our project is aiming to enrich and enhance the education of the children in these 5 schools and bring further community cohesion.

The aim of the project is to restore and develop an existing outdoor area which has been neglected over time due to a change in funding (see photographs). The project is estimated to cost £14, 736. We have been fundraising over the past few years and have raised in excess of £7000. The money from this bid would make the whole project become a reality.

We would like to enrich the area by:

• Creating an outdoor classroom to give a greater understanding of nature, the environment and associated sciences to all the children in our community. Learning in an outdoor area will benefit the children as it will encourage their natural ability to be explorers and scientists and make the educational experience greater.
• Creating a sensory area using imaginative planting to allow children a safe and therapeutic place to explore the nature around them and cultivate a respect for nature.
• Providing an additional grass area for alternative sports to be delivered for the children with the aim of increasing physical activity and further instilling our school values for a healthy lifestyle.

To ensure the legacy of the project, a gardening group has been established and is run by a member of the senior management team. This includes children from all age ranges. The Gardening Group have been included in the design of the area to encourage a sense of ownership and will maintain and develop the area once the works have been completed. This will be further supported by a monthly parent/carer/child volunteer group after school, run by FOSA, which will be open to the wider community.

Friends of Oakhill Primary School Association

Moment of Pride

We are well supported by a small army of volunteer parents/carers who keenly turned their hands to starting the project and clearing the area. Realistically, the project needs more than our time and we have sought the advice and a quote from a professional landscaper (see attached).

Location: Woodford