LADY JANE BAGS SOME HELP!

The lady Jane Franklin School receives a £12,000 grant from Tesco's Bags of Help Scheme!!

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We are very pleased to announce that we have received a £12,000 grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Programme. These funds will support our long term plan to open up the existing woodland area to incorporate, nature trails, woodland walks, a natural stream and pond.

These areas will eventually be opened up to other local schools and organisations within our area.

Head teacher, Mr Chris Armond, “Our students are keen to continue developing our woodland area and this grant from Tesco Bags of Help programme will help us realise our long term aims”.

This project will enable the bespoke curriculum that is offered to all students to continue offering real educational and vocational opportunities, in woodland management, environmental studies, wood craft, Science, Music, English and design technology to all key stages.

The Design Technology and Land Based Studies team are looking forward to the challenge of developing the woodland area. Malcolm Hodson, Land based studies teacher said “It gives us a real life work opportunity to help prepare our students for the real world. It’s a fantastic opportunity all thanks to Tesco Bags of Help”.

This is the third stage of the project and aims to open up the woodland area to form an outside educational space. Steve Everton, Design Technology Teacher and Woodland Project Leader told us “The continued support of local and national funding agencies has been pivotal to the great progress that we have made and we would like to thank all involved for their continued help and support”.

Following on from the fantastic success in 2014/2015 of the over haul and installations within the wooded area to right side of the school site, pupils and staff have decided to embark on further fund raising attempts to improve the area for 2016! 

This project is based around developing the wooded area further, transforming it into a fantastic wild life Learning Space!

Students and staff have been clearing the site over the past 12 months and this has exposed a huge exciting area for us to get working on! We have already funded and begun some of the work already, with students building a large pond and laying wood chip for pathways. We managed to get some free wooded seating from a local business. Now, students want to plant willow saplings and build woven hurdles to zone off the different learning areas. The students would like a Music Zone, an Art Zone, a Geography Zone and a Science Zone. They require a decked jetty with rope balustrades so that all pupils can take part in pond dipping. 

The project will also have raised beds to add touch, smell and taste to the sensory area.

A bird hide and feeder crafted from local timber will encourage student interaction with nature.

Our goal for this project is £14,000. We will keep you updated with events and information as we move forward with the project.