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NEWS Hats off


School is helping keep students safe in the sun A PTA led initiative at Holmes Chapel Primary


ff to Holmes Chapel Primary School! to design a Sun Safety poster to be displayed in


Pupils at theMiddlewich Road school can now this summer.


the first time. The school's PTA proposed the idea wear a choice of three branded school hats for


which has supplied uniforms to local students for partnership project. The Holmes Chapel shop, supplier Sam Dale & Son to explore a possible late last year and approached local uniform


swiftly created three hat designs to complement over 20 years, was delighted to be asked and


choose from summer hats with or without a neck the school's existing uniform. Students now can


protection flap, alongside a cosy woollen winter


donating £1 back to the school's PTA for every hat.What's more, the retailer is generously


the arrival of the new hats with the children asked A school wide competition was run to celebrate hat it sells.


their classrooms. A winner from each class scooped a free summer hat, generously donated by the PTA.


Headteacher Fiona Gresty commented: 'We are delighted to have added these lovely school hats to our uniform. The designs are modern and smart but most importantly the summer hats will protect our students from the sun.Wearing a sun- protective hat is a simple and effective strategy for reducing ultraviolet radiation to the face, head and neck and preventing sunstroke.We hope that by encouraging sun safe behaviour at a young age our children will form lifelong habits that will benefit their health for the long term."


Clare Kozyra, Chair of the PTA added: 'This has been a fantastic experience for us as a PTA to work alongside a local business on a proj


oject that


benefits our students while also raising money for the school. School funding from government is at


an all-time low so an initiative such as this which will provide ongoing donations to the school is a huge bonus for us. It will ensure we can continue to regularly deliver extra resources and educational experiences to our students.We would like to thank Sam Dale & Son for their enthusiastic support on this proj


show what a wonderful and supportive community we have here in Holmes Chapel."


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Students at Kensington & Chelsea College design newcommunity space for those aff


ffected by the Grenfell tragedy other life priorities. The zone was created on a


zero budget utilising the skills and commitment of a range of local companies. Interior design students from KCC’s nearby centre on


Wornington Road worked with the Curve and businesses to help create a professional and welcoming environment for the Centre’s users to study. The students and businesses came together through social enterprise ‘ConnecMe2’. An opening ceremony on 3rdMay brought together all those involved in the projoject, including students from the College and


A community centre serving former residents and other people affected by the Grenfell tragedy has opened a new educational area - with help from


Opportunities and Learning hub enables users of Based in The Curve Community Centre, the Kensington & Chelsea College students.


resources to help them with employment and the Centre to access space and a range of IT


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representatives of the businesses, together with staff and users of the Curve.


Amy Cosshall, one of the students who


designed the hub, and studies Interior Design & Architecture Level 3 BTEC said: “It’s actually quite overwhelming! You don’t actually realise how it can all come together at first because you think ‘It’s quite a big project, are we actually going to


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do it?We’re just studying!’ But when we started work with the company and actually started to see ideas come together - wow, we can actually do it!”


David Falcioni, the teacher of Interior Design at Kensington & Chelsea College who introduced the assignment to the students said: “The students were delighted to have the brief of designing the computer room for the community centre and did their initial research within the community who had been affected by the Grenfell tragedy. Usually when I give projects to the students, they’re hypothetical, so seeing something realised is quite amazing, not only for the fact that this is the final outcome of all the developmental work but also because of the way it’s going to affect the Centre’s users”.


www.rbkc.gov.uk/grenfell-response-and- recovery


ry/ y/curv rve/about-curve Cabinet minister Damian Hinds heaped praise on


The Secretary of State for Education described turnaround.


ranked second-worst in the country five years ago. witnessing its ‘truly dramatic’ progress since being theWinsford primary as a 'success story' after


school was taken on by NorthWest Academies At its lowest ebb in 2014, theWhitby’s Lane


NowMr Hinds has run the rule over a school Trust (NWAT) and relaunched as Oak View.


which boasts a ‘good’ Ofsted rating and year-on-


inspiring and amazingly committed leadership He said: “What a great school with very year improvements in pupil progress.


absolutely delightful kids and see some of the “It has been great to meet some of the from the head and the academy trust.


huge variety of what they are doing. May 2019


retary praisesOak ViewAcademy’s’s dramatic turnaround “It has been an amazing turnaround, a success


ro


Academy after a visit to see the school’s stunning the ‘inspirational leadership’ at Oak View


story, and I think that is of credit to the school leadership, all the teachers and the whole school community.”


The school has made huge strides under NWAT after being rated second-worst in the national primary school league tables, based on exam results.


Executive Headteacher FionaWhittaker said it is


g d


etting this recognition.We work really hard to She said: “It is fantastic that the school is own to hard work and determination.


improve standards. Two years ago, we were in the


we are second in Cheshire for progress in writing. is an achievement we are very proud of. This year top 2%of schools nationally for progress, which


We continue working really hard to help our


“We are consistent in our approach from early children make the best progress they can.


years and the additional support we put in place


through specialist support staff, including a full- time speech and language therapist and a school counsellor, has really helped our children. “To further this, we now welcome children from age two and we have a longer school day, from 8.30am to 3.15pm, which gives us the extra time we need to concentrate on the core subjects whilst also offering a wide-range of additional activities.”


www.oak-view-academy.co.uk ca www.education-today.co.uk 5


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