Primary school pupils are delighted after a public vote helped to secure nearly £10,000 of funding to build outdoor classrooms.
Paddox Primary School, in Fareham Avenue, Rugby, was awarded the funding from Aviva’s Community Fund after applying to the scheme earlier in the year.
We would like to thank everyone who voted for the project or raised awareness in any wayA Friends of Paddox School (FOPS) spokesman
Thanks to the hard work of Friends of Paddox School, who drummed up support and votes, two outdoor classrooms in yurt tents will be installed at the school
Paddox is part of the Forest School initiative which encourages children to get involved with nature and learn outdoors.
Youngsters at the school take it in turns to get involved with the Forest School initiative and have special uniforms to wear and tools to use when they are planting trees, exploring and learning.
A Friends of Paddox School (FOPS) spokesman said: “During the voting period FOPS and the school worked hard together, raising awareness and gaining votes for the project from parents, local residents and the wider community.
“We also had the support of Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey during the entire process. In total the yurt project received more than 8,500 votes and was the leader in its category.
“We would like to thank everyone who voted for the project or raised awareness in any way.”
Paddox headteacher Jane Le Poidevin, who is passionate about outdoor learning, introduced the Forest School initiative to the curriculum in September last year.
Since then, all 437 children in the school have accessed the Forest School site, with a further 140 Guides, Brownies and Rainbows also using the site earlier this year.
Mrs Le Poidevin’s goal is for the children to understand their role as environmental citizens and their impact on their community and the wider world.