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Hoping for a lasting reminder of Jubilee
Reception teacher Kate Gardner with pupils, from left, Olivia McKelvey, Angus Wilson, Harley Bartlett-Setch, Eve Anderson, Madison Pitts, Emily Cooper, Taylor Ashman, Rhys Brooke, Tom Chaston, Jack Forbes and Tiana Groves
Bampton Primary School is hoping to win a Jubilee-themed makeover in our Leadbitter School Build SOS competition.
The school is the latest to enter the competition, which is now in its fourth year.
The Oxford Mail has again teamed up with the Abingdon-based construction company to offer one primary school improvements worth £7,500.
That could be anything from swimming pool changing rooms to sensory gardens.
Bampton is hoping to revamp its outdoor area for reception children, aged four and five.
The development would include an outdoor stage, a ‘reading house’ with a red, white and blue theme incorporating a crown, and a canopied shady area.
Reception teacher Kate Gardner said: “We want something that will mean children remember this important year, while settling down to a good book.
“We have been working very hard to improve the area, but it is slow, hard slog.”
Miss Gardner said it would make a big difference to all areas of the children's learning.
She said: “The children are really keen to have a stage because they love performing.
“And in terms of the reading house, we have an old shed in the garden which is a bit falling down.
“I’ve tried to put some beanbags in and decorate it – but it would be great to have something a bit better.”
She added: “We can do these things ourselves, it’s just a very long process. We would be talking about a five-year development plan.”
There is just over a week left for schools to put themselves forward for the competition.
Leadbitter regional director Cliff Thomas said: “We spend a lot of time working in the education sector and we are an Oxfordshire-based business so we feel this gives us an opportunity to give something back to schools and the community.”
Entries need to be sent to School Build SOS Campaign, Oxford Mail, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0EJ by Thursday, June 14. They must explain the project, its benefits and how it would be sustainable in at least 300 words.
Drawings, photographs and pupil, staff and parent statements can be used to back up the application.
Once all the entries are in, a panel of judges from the Oxford Mail and Leadbitter will pick the top 10.
Then it is over to the schools and their supporters to collect as many tokens as possible, printed in the paper alongside profiles of the projects.
Each school’s tokens will be weighted mathematically according to its size to ensure small primaries can compete equally alongside larger schools.
The work will be carried out by Leadbitter over the summer holidays.