Date: Friday 01 April 2016
Ladbrooke JMI School in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, has received a cash boost from us to help fund the construction of a brand new learning facility.
Our East London team has donated £1,250 to the school to help pay for a new outdoor classroom in the school grounds.
Tracey Webster, headteacher at Ladbrooke JMI School, says: “By building this new outdoor classroom, we have made the most of an area of the grounds which was unusable before.
“The new facility provides a quiet area for those pupils who want to read, play board games or just sit and chat.”
The idea to construct an outdoor classroom was developed six years ago, and for the past three years the school’s dedicated parent-teacher association FOLS has been hosting fundraising events to make it a reality.
Tracey continues: “The donation from Taylor Wimpey was used to cover some of the landscaping costs of the project, enabling us to install a nice pathway so that the building is accessible.”
The new facility is a wooden building that features a stained glass window and a reciprocal roof.
“We really wanted somewhere that was going to inspire our pupils and motivate them, not just another concrete building,” says Tracey. “The classroom is a cobwood roundhouse, built by Neil Lankford from Earthmovesdesign – the best way to describe it is like a hobbit home!”
Our donation contributed to the overall cost of the project, which was approximately £45,000.
“The children are very excited about it,” continues Tracey. “The classroom is a facility that can be used by the entire school for a range of purposes. As well as being used during recreational time, the building is for lunchtime clubs and after-school care, but most of all it provides us with some much-needed space.
“While we only have 210 pupils, we are a small school so our facilities are limited, and this new outdoor space is an extremely beneficial amenity.
“It’s also great for the pupils to be able to learn in a different environment – it makes a nice change for them and it’s more engaging.
“We’d like to thank Taylor Wimpey for their support. This is a great new facility that will be extremely useful to the staff and pupils.”
Michael O’Leary, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey East London, says: “We feel it’s extremely important to invest in the communities in which we build our homes, so we were delighted to offer this sponsorship to Ladbrooke JMI School and help them to further improve the education of their pupils.
“The school has done a fantastic job fundraising over the past few years for this new facility, so we really hope they enjoy using their new classroom.”