WEYMOUTH SCHOOLS EARN £10K GRANT

WEYMOUTH SCHOOLS EARN £10K GRANT

Teachers and students are celebrating the news that three schools on the same campus in Broadwey, Weymouth, are to benefit from the award of a £10,000 grant to fund an accelerated reading programme.
 
Wey Valley, Wyvern Academy and St Nicholas & St Laurence Cof E VA schools all use the learning resource centre which will receive new materials as a result of the grant from The Foyle Foundation and The Aspect Trust.
 
Eileen Glynn, learning resource centre manager at Wey Valley, spearheaded the successful joint bid which will be spent both on conventional reading materials and Kindles.
 
Rob Cole, Wey Valley’s finance and business manager, said: “Competition for funding from The Foyle Foundation, which provided £7,000 of the total, is very strong, and only a minority of the applications submitted are approved.
 
“Eileen Glynn put together a really well-argued case to show what an important difference the money could make to developing reading skills and we are indebted to her.
 
The application focused on the needs of pupils in the last two years of primary and the first two years of secondary education, and the grant will enable the schools to better support their crucial transition into senior school.
 
Helen Williams, head of St Nicholas and St Laurence, said: “The bid will make a real difference to all of our children including the very gifted and talented pupils in our school.”
 
Sue Hoxey, head of Wyvern Academy, a specialist school for children with disabilities, said: “The money will allow us to give them access to a wider range of reading material, as well as computer-based quizzes so that we can check their understanding of what they’ve read.”
 
Rob Cole said: “In the early years of primary school, reading is at the top of the agenda and we all want to sustain this focus. 
 
“Literacy skills have an impact on all aspects of education.  It’s not just about English lessons, they are crucial throughout life, and this grant will help us give a real boost to our students’ literacy skills.”
 
The three schools came together to form The Aspect Trust in 2009, a co-operative trust whose underlying principles are to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the campus and to improve educational standards for all learners, especially in English and Maths. The Aspect Trust provided £3,000 of the grant money.
 
Sue Hoxey said: “We have created here an inclusive community campus integrating children and young people from the widest range of learning difficulties to the most gifted, including college and HE progression pathways.
 

“The success of our bid is a very welcome reflection on what’s been achieved to date, and our plans for the future.”