Children’s Primary School Projects get cash boost!

Local Primary Schools in Lichfield and Burntwood received a welcome financial boost to their school projects thanks to the generosity of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL); operators of the M6toll road.

All primary schools located within a 5 mile radius of the M6toll corridor were contacted by the Schools Foundation and encouraged to apply for a grant of £2,000. All qualifying primary schools were asked to provide the Foundation with details as to a future school project which the Foundation could fund during the academic year 2013-2014.  All applications were of such a high standard, making the selection process a difficult task, however after careful deliberation five worthy applications were selected by the MEL Foundation panel. 

Midland Expressway Ltd visited the staff and children of Christ Church Primary School, St Chad's Primary School and Whittington Primary School in Lichfield and Boney Hay Community Primary School and St Joseph & St Theresa Catholic School in Burntwood to see how their school projects were progressing after each were awarded with a cheque for £2000 in September after successfully submitting an application to MEL's Primary School Scheme.  

Whittington Primary School used the funding to set up a Forest School Setting, whilst Christ Church purchased 6 i-pads which are currently being used through Year 1 to Year 6 classes.

St Chad's project was based around the Computing Programmes of Study which were released by the Department for Education; they have now purchased IT equipment such as Raspberry Pi and Pi Face interface boards along with 4GB SD cards which are being used to develop the children's computing skills. 

St Joseph & St Theresa used the money to purchase IT software which is now supporting their Year 1 pupils learning in basic literacy and numeracy whilst Boney Hay Community Primary School have used the funding to purchase classroom equipment such as a whiteboard and projector.  Jen Matthewman, Headteacher at Boney Hay said "The funding received from M6toll has given us the opportunity to extend our provision for children with dyslexic tendencies.  They are able to access interactive resources and the whiteboard, making learning even more fun.  This certainly helped when we were thrilled to be awarded Dyslexia Friendly Status in November 2013.  Our thanks go to all at M6toll for their continuing support." 

Due to positive feedback from local Primary Schools and teachers, Midland Expressway Ltd have decided to run the scheme again this year with increased funding available.

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL said:  "The response to the inaugural year of the Midland Expressway Primary School Scheme has been a huge success and the initiatives we received from local schools have been very encouraging.  We are proud to support all five primary schools and see how much our scheme is benefitting local children, going forward  we will be increasing our investment into the scheme to ensure extra funding is available to help create further learning opportunities."  

The application process for this year's Primary School Scheme will open on the 17th March 2014; the Foundation will contact all qualifying schools at the beginning of March with an information pack. Full details regarding the Midland Expressway Limited's Schools Foundation are available on the M6toll website www.m6toll.co.uk/community.

IMAGE 1: Colin Mabey, IT & Systems Director at Midland Expressway Ltd presents a cheque for £2,000 to pupils and Pat Davies, Headteacher of St Joseph & St Theresa Catholic Primary School. 

of St Joseph & St Theresa Catholic Primary SchoolIMAGE 2: Colin Mabey, IT & Systems Director at Midland Expressway Ltd visits children at Boney Hay Community Primary School.

Boney Hay Community Primary School

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