Funding success


‘The Dunham Trust in Mancester delivers multiple cross-school projects and events that align with our ethos. We use these opportunities to bring pupils and staff together to collaborate and build a stronger network. Our artist in residence coordinates

joint creative projects across our schools throughout the year, culminating in a series of creative workshops in June as part of our Dunham Trust Arts Festival. Last year, we ran a creative maths workshop attended by four schools, where they worked alongside artists and mathematicians to explore mathematical themes using a variety of media. With the success of this project,

responsible for their own children. Staff escorted the children taking part to a classroom to get ready, and we arranged a catwalk with music in the school hall so they could show off their creations. The judging panel was made up of three staff members to keep it impartial, and the catwalk was compered by a parent, who introduced each child as they took their turn. We let less confident children go on stage with friends or siblings. Everyone who took part received

a packet of sweets and a certificate. The judges gave their results of first, second and third place, and we awarded Easter-themed prizes. The prizes had all been donated to minimise spending. We sold baked goods for 50p and

also held a raffle, chocolate tombola and name-the-rabbit competition. The event raised over £300. Other schools running this event could charge more, but we decided this pricing would work for us. Everyone enjoyed the parade and

POP now holds a variety of events for the school, including uniform sales, coffee mornings and afternoon tea.’ Claire O’Halloran and Gilly Kirby, Wardley POP, Wardley Primary School, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (300 pupils)

8 SPRING 2019 FundEd

we felt that running a sports- focused event was the next step, and so we set up our inaugural Dunham Trust Games. This event helped to showcase sporting talent across our five schools and was open to pupils from Years 5 and 6. It took place at Longford Park Stadium, and approximately 30 children from each school attended. The day was filled with races of different lengths and a relay,

CROSS-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES’ followed by a picnic where the children from all the schools were able to socialise together. Medals were awarded on a

podium, and this gave the children a commemorative token to take home. While we were unable to secure business sponsorship last year to cover our costs, we’re hoping we will, now that we can show what a big success the event was. Bringing our schools together

helps to instil a sense of wider community across our trust. Pupils grow their confidence by meeting children outside of their own class and school, and staff are able to build their professional network, and share best practice and expertise. The event was a huge success and

was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils, who had the thrilling experience of racing in a stadium and cheering on their fellow pupils. We hope the Dunham Trust Games have inspired pupils to become more active. We’ve already booked the event

again for this year, and we hope it will continue to develop and grow.’ Libby Basnett, Communication and Administration Manager, The Dunham Trust, Manchester

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