Witney Partnership of Schools
We received a request from the Witney Partnership of Schools (WPOS) for a grant to pay for music concerts that will take place across the Partnership. The concerts take place twice a year for all children in Year 2 and Year 5. The concerts enable the children work with a local composer. In addition to working with the children, the composer also offers training sessions for school staff so that they can develop their knowledge and support the children with learning the material back in school. The Governors approved a grant of £4,000 for this programme.
Witney Community Primary School
Witney Community Primary School requested a grant to help pay for three children from low income families, to attend the school residential trip to Shugborough Outdoor Educational Activities Centre, Staffordshire. This is a three day package which includes team building and adventure activities, such as climbing, archery, canoeing, orienteering and campfires. This trip is considered to be an important part of the children’s development and helps improve their confidence and social skills. The Governors approved a grant of £310 for this request.
Witney Buttercross Scout Group
Witney Buttercross Scout Group needed a grant to buy some additional camping equipment. The Scouts stated in their application that the Lomond tents that were purchased last year with a grant from WEF had been so successful that they would like to double the number of tents and dispose of their old less durable tents. In addition to the tents, the Scouts would also like to buy a gas urn to replace a broken one, eight folding tables and ten camping hammocks. The Governors approved a grant of £2,291 for these items.
The Henry Box School
We received a request from The Henry Box School for a grant to help four Pupil Premium students go on a school sports trip to Portugal. The trip is to Lisbon with forty eight students and five members of staff. Both hockey and football have been selected for this tour due to the talent amongst the current year 7 and year 8 students. The parents and students are expected to raise all the funds for the tour themselves, which totals £780 per student. The four Pupil Premium students are either looked after by the local authority, eligible for Free School Meals or whose parents are serving in the armed forces. The Governors approved a grant of £440 for this project.
Injury Minimization Programme for Schools
The Injury Minimization Programme for Schools (IMPS) needed a grant to help pay for primary schools in Witney to send their children on an IMPS programme. IMPS is an injury prevention programme which empowers over 400 Year 6 primary school children from Witney annually, to take responsibility for managing their own risk. Attending an IMPS programme gives the children confidence and skills to look after their friends and family and know how to cope in an emergency situation. This is achieved with an online resource in school, a visit to the local hospital to learn basic life support skills, including use of the recovery position and first aid. A visit to the emergency department is included to reduce the fear of hospitals should an emergency occur. The Governors approved a grant of £3,000 for this project.