Paddox Primary School needs your vote to win funding for outdoor classrooms

Paddox Primary School teacher Susan Rule with pupils
Paddox Primary School teacher Susan Rule with pupils

A primary school is urging the community to support its bid for funding to build outdoor classrooms for students.

Paddox Primary School, in Fareham Avenue, Rugby, is hoping to receive £9,000 to pay for two outdoor classrooms.

I see it as our responsibility to broaden their learning

Paddox Primary School headteacher Jane Le Poidevin

The campaign for funding up for grabs from Aviva is supported by Friends of Paddox Primary.

The school needs several thousand public votes in order to make it through to the final round and be considered for the cash.

The school is part of the Forest School initiative which encourages children to get involved with nature and learn outdoors.

Paddox Primary School headteacher Jane Le Poidevin said: “Outdoor learning is an integral part of developing life skills in every child.

“Through the introduction of Forest Schools the children have experienced a wide range of learning opportunities that they would never access in the classroom and in some cases rarely access at home.

“I see it as our responsibility to broaden their learning and encourage them to experience both respect for the outdoors and that feeling of trepidation as they undertake something new and different.”

Youngsters at the school take it in turns to get involved with the Forest School initiative and have special uniforms to wear when they are planting trees, exploring and learning.

Susan Rule, a teacher at Paddox Primary School, said: “We’re really hoping the community gets behind us and votes for us to secure the funding as outdoor learning is really important and enjoyable for the children.

“Also, the new outdoor classrooms - called YURTS - could be used by members of the community for activities.

“The Brownies have started using our field for overnight camping trips and we’re keen to further extend our links with the community.”

For more information about the scheme and to vote, go to https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/3017