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News from schools in the South Central Region

Final piece of steel for new build laid at Brakenhale School

Wates laid the final piece of steel into the new build in April. A number of Brakenhale students who have undertaken some amazing fund raising accompanied Headteacher, Jane Coley, to witness the momentous occasion. Students and staff wrote messages on the steel beam, which will subsequently be laid at the top of the main entrance, and the messages will become a hidden part of the building.

Mrs Coley was also presented with a cheque for £7,500 from Wates as part of its charitable donation programme. This money will be used to support resources for the school’s SEN department. She said: “Our huge thanks go to Wates Group, who presented us with a cheque for £7,500. The money will fund the refurbishment of two classrooms, and pay for equipment to be used for SEN support for students.”

Three of Brakenhale’s outstanding student fundraisers were also treated to a visit to the new build with Karen Roche, Chair of Governors, and the Wates Site Manager. Jamie in Year 7 is planning a further fundraiser by undertaking the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in May.

South Central schools visit the Houses of Parliament

Children from Wildmoor Heath Primary School, Crown Wood Primary School and Brakenhale School recently enjoyed a fascinating visit to the Houses of Parliament.

The local MP paid a reciprocal visit to Wildmoor Heath, where the children really enjoyed asking him challenging questions about Brexit and his policies, amongst other things.

Children at Crown Wood Primary School step back in time

Year 3 and Year 4 children at Crown Wood Primary School enjoyed exciting history activities recently. Year 3 took part in an Egyptian day, where they completed numerous activities such as Egyptian dancing, food tasting and creating clay amulets. At the end of the day they showcased their work from the term in their own Egyptian museum.

Children in Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Ufton Court to learn about life during Anglo-Saxon times. They had the opportunity to try out traditional crafts, re-enact an Anglo-Saxon courtroom and explore artefacts.