Awarded £60,000 to build a botanical greenhouse
About the school
The school in Oakengates, Telford provides primary school education for children aged 4 to 11 years. It prides itself on providing its children with the best resources and opportunities as possible to develop well rounded, responsible citizens. After achieving nationally recognised success through gaining Apple Regional Training Centre status and a Farming and Countrywide Award, the school wanted to further develop learning opportunities for children outside the classroom. They began to develop areas around the school where the children could grow their own fruit and vegetables, which was a great success. The next step was to find a way of growing more fruit and vegetables that could be used in cookery sessions and for school meals.
What was needed
A botanical greenhouse situated in the grounds of the school would mean that more fruit and vegetables could be grown throughout the year. Together with the creation of extra outdoor growing spaces, there would be plenty of opportunity for the children to develop their understanding of the world around them, where food comes from and also encourage healthy eating. Every pupil gets to visit the school’s local farm where they experience the day to day workings of a farm and see how the local area changes through the seasons – a botanical greenhouse and additional fruit and veg plots would complement this learning experience.
What the Pride funding has meant to them
The school now has a botanical greenhouse which has meant the children have been able to increase the amount of fruit and veg they grow all year round. The freshly picked produce is used in cookery sessions and school meals. The hope is that children will gain a national qualification in horticulture which could lead to employment opportunities in the future. In addition the school plans to increase the work it does in the wider community. It already works closely with Age Concern and Stallard Court, a home for the elderly, on a range of inter-generational projects, but it plans to cook and serve meals to the residents of Stallard Court using food they have grown.
Head Teacher Neil Satoor said: “The importance of eating healthily and having a balanced diet is an embedded part of our school ethos. It is vital that children are taught about looking after their health and bodies from an early age. With improved access and understanding of where our food comes from, how we produce food and grow plants, we are improving the longer term health and wellbeing of our children, their families and the wider community.”