Primary school near Cirencester receives exciting delivery

A GROUP of kind-hearted scouts recently spent their weekend building a shelter for a primary school near Cirencester.  

This new shelter at the Stratton Primary School will enable pupils to get outdoors all year round and provides a cosy space for small groups to learn whilst protected from the wet and windy British weather.

The school was able to purchase this new exciting new addition thanks to grant from The Pied Piper Appeal, a children’s charity based in Gloucestershire.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Stratton Primary School pupils outside the new shelter Stratton Primary School pupils outside the new shelter (Image: Kate Morgan-Evans)

All pupils at the school will be able to utilise the new shelter but it will have profound benefits to the Nurture Group which is run by parent support worker Emily Howe.

Emily works with children at Stratton Primary School who have been diagnosed with Special Educational Needs and additional needs such as anxiety.

She also works with their siblings.

Emily said: “The tent has given a real focus to the forest area.

“We use it with the Nurture Group who are from all school years.

“They can now do forest school activities in any weather, which has been great with all the July rain we have had.”

The second Cirencester Stratton Scout Group – led by Phil Cottey – were called in to help build the shelter, which came in a kit form. 

These Scouts – many of whom are pupils at the school – generously spent many hours over a weekend erecting the structure. 

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The scouts busy setting up the new shelter at Stratton Primary School The scouts busy setting up the new shelter at Stratton Primary School (Image: Kate Morgan-Evans)

Dedicated Scout and Stratton pupil Ted, age 11, said ”It was really fun to put up, though a bit of a challenge, we all stepped up for it!”

A spokesperson for The Pied Piper Appeal said: “On behalf of The Pied Piper here in Gloucestershire, we are delighted that the tent at Stratton Primary School is making such a difference.

“Pied Piper is pleased to support children’s mental health by allowing them to learn and play outside in all weathers.

“This shelter enables pupils to learn to their full potential with additional forest school elements in their sessions with the support workers away from classrooms in small groups.”

The Stratton Group currently have spaces in their Beaver, Cub and Scout packs, and any interested new joiners can email strattonscouts@gmail.com for more details. 

 

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