M6toll bring back their school initiative project for 2018

Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), operators of the M6toll road, have announced that they’re re-launching their Schools Foundation Scheme this year, which is designed to enhance learning and nurture talent.

During the academic year of 2018-2019, the MEL Schools Foundation panel will award three grants of £2,000 to primary schools in the area. The application process for funding will open in March, and MEL are urging schools to make their submissions before the deadline date of 11th May 2018.

The scheme’s objective is to provide primary schools the opportunity to potentially access funds for projects and activities that normal school funding cannot provide. From learning to life experiences, the Schools Foundation enables MEL to play a part in nurturing and creating opportunity for young people to develop their talents.

Maxine Estevez head of MEL’s School Foundation, said, “Each year our Schools Foundation Scheme goes from strength-to-strength as we are able to invest in the futures of local, young people. Having visited each of the schools that we’ve previously donated to, we know that every penny has been well spent on things which the children simply would not have access to otherwise”.

This is the fifth year that the Schools Foundation initiative has been in operation. To date MEL have donated a staggering £54,000 which has helped schools fund a range of different projects, including: interactive white boards, forest school sites, sound and presentation systems, outdoor learning areas, sports equipment and library facilities to name just a few.

Representatives from MEL recently re-visited Chasetown Community School in Burntwood who were awarded funding through last year’s scheme to see first-hand how the money has benefitted their students.

Chasetown Community School put forward a detailed application to install a polytunnel to enable students grow their own produce all year round and provide an outside classroom area as part of personal, social and health education.

Steve Norman, Chair of Governors at Chasetown Community School commented “our polytunnel project has been made possible by MEL’s primary schools scheme funding. It will allow many of our pupils to develop an interest in growing their own vegetables which may even result in a professional gardening career.”

In addition to the primary school funding, all Secondary Schools, Special Schools, Colleges and Sixth Form Academies in Staffordshire and Stoke, who own and maintain their own mini-bus, will be encouraged to apply for free use of the M6toll for the academic year by way of an M6toll Tag. 

Full details regarding the MEL’s Schools Foundation, together with the qualifying criteria and application processes of both schemes are available on the M6toll website www.m6toll.co.uk/community

Image: (1) Chasetown Community School’s completed polytunnel project


Image: (2) Chasetown Community School’s ‘little gardeners’ hard at work

For further information please contact the M6toll press office by telephone on 0870 850 6222 or email pressoffice@m6toll.co.uk