Local school playground sets sail thanks to M6toll!

Local Primary School Chase Terrace in Burntwood received a welcome financial boost to their school project thanks to the generosity of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL); operators of the M6toll road.

Chase Terrace was one of the five successful primary schools to be awarded with a project grant of £3,000 which they used to build an outdoor ship which could be used to support imaginative play and offer children the opportunity to develop their gross motor skills as part of MEL’s Schools Foundation Primary Schools Scheme.

The MEL team were invited to attend the school’s pirate themed event in celebration of the official opening of their outdoor ship project. 

Jamie Maritza, Early Years Foundation Stage Leader commented; “On behalf of everyone at Chase Terrace Primary School we would like to say a very big thank you to Midland Expressway. Our custom-built outdoor ship entitled ‘Chase Terrace Explorers’ has made our outdoor learning environment come to life. The children have never been so eager and excited to get outside. We have already been on so many adventures and can’t wait to continue to enhance children’s learning, imagination and creativity.”

Colin Mabey, MEL’s Director of Systems & IT said: “Chase Terrace’s project application really captured our attention; the ship will help the children develop their gross motor skills and support their imaginative play. Our business is located within the county and we wish to play our part in nurturing and creating opportunity for our young people to enjoy new experiences and develop their talents.”  

The application process for next year’s Primary School Scheme will open on the 13th March 2017; 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: Sheena Hawkins (MEL’s Schools Foundation Administrator) joining in the fun with the ‘Chace Terrace Explorers’