School ‘bags’ £12,000

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A Spilsby school is celebrating after bagging a huge funding pot of £12,000.

Specialist Secondary School Lady Jane Franklin won the grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

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Eight million shoppers voted in stores up and down the country for who they wanted to receive money raised from the 5p bag levy, with grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 handed out to 1,170 organisations across the UK.

The funding has been awarded to environmental and green space projects and Lady Jane Franklin will use the funding to support its plan to open up the existing woodland area to incorporate nature trails, woodland walks, a natural stream and pond.

These areas will eventually be available for the use of other schools and organisations within the area.

The school’s headteacher Chris Armond said: “Our students are keen to continue developing our woodland area and this grant from Tesco Bags of Help programme will help us realise our long term aims”.

Students from the design technology and land based studies team are looking forward to the challenge of developing the woodland area. This is the third stage of the project to form an outside educational space within the woodland.

Malcolm Hodson, land-based studies teacher, said: “It gives us a real life work opportunity to help prepare our students for the real world. It’s a fantastic opportunity all thanks to Tesco Bags of Help”.

The project will also enable the bespoke curriculum that is offered to all students to continue to provide real educational and vocational opportunities, in woodland management, environmental studies, wood craft, science, music, English and design technology to all key stages.

Steve Everton, design technology teacher and woodland project leader, added: “The continued support of local and national funding agencies has been pivotal to the great progress that we have made and we would like to thank all involved for their continued help and support”.

Caroline Silke, head of community at Tesco, said: “Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and the feedback has been brilliant. We can’t wait to see the money being put to use bringing these projects to life”.