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Improving learning through a community effort

Little Marlow is a small village school. Like all schools there is never enough money to really embark upon those big projects which will make an impact. But ‘good things come in small packages’ and the parents, pupils, friends and families set to work to raise the necessary funds to improve their rather ‘tired’ outdoor learning space.

“Play underpins the EYFS. It also underpins learning and all aspects of children’s development. Through play, children develop language skills, their emotions and creativity, social and intellectual skills. For most children their play is natural and spontaneous although some children may need extra help from adults.

Play takes place indoors and outdoors and it is in these different environments that children explore and discover their immediate world. It is here they practise new ideas and skills, they take risks, show imagination and solve problems on their own or with others.” (Early Years Matters 2016)

We all want the best for our children and so the PTA worked tirelessly to raise the extra funds needed. Then, The Maidenhead Advertiser launched their annual Vouchers for Schools initiative. How could a school with only 82 pupils hope to collect enough vouchers to win the prize?

Passion, commitment, hard work, determination and tremendous community spirit showed the way! Now with the additional £2,000 prize money combined with the funds already raised the transformation could be started:

  • A sandpit you can actually get into!
  • Climbing equipment
  • and the best of all, a mud kitchen! Every child’s idea of fun (mums may not be so enthusiastic)

However, not only have the efforts of the whole school community raised the necessary funds to start our renovation project, more importantly they have taught our children a vital lesson for life: however hard the challenge may appear, the power of commitment, working together for the good of others, dedication and passion bring their rewards. A living example of growth mindsets!

For this and many more stories about what is going on within our church, download your latest copy of The Bridge – the magazine of All Saints Marlow.