A village school, recently praised as ‘good’ by Ofsted, has unveiled new play equipment thanks to the support of a 129-year-old local charity.
Lakenheath Primary School’s PTA had managed to raise £15,000 for the equipment but needed another £20,000 so the Goward and Evans Charities stepped in to help.
Set up in 1886 by George Goward and John Evans, the charity provides funding for the education of any person aged under 25 in the village through the sale and letting of land.
The equipment includes a climbing wall and frame, bongo drums as well as chime bars.
Head Emma Vincent said: “We were very fortunate and the children absolutely love it. It’s made play times so much more exciting.”
Meanwhile, the school, in Mill Road, was recently rated ‘good’ by education watchdog ‘Ofsted’ after it was judged to ‘require improvement’ two years ago.
Inspector found Mrs Vincent and other leaders have ‘worked well to raise achievement and improve the quality of teaching’.
They said that ‘standards are rising and pupils are now making good progress in reading, writing and mathematics’.
The school also ‘provides well for pupils who need extra help with their learning’ including the disadvantaged, disabled and those who have special educational needs.
On how the school could improve further, inspectors felt children’s skills in phonics - the sounds that letters make - should be developed to full effect in the early years.
They called on teachers to ensure pupils respond to the helpful comments and advice in their marking, especially in mathematics.
Pupils should also have more opportunities to practise and develop their writing in a range of subjects.
Mrs Vincent said they had managed to improve teaching and learning by working closely with other schools in Cambridgeshire and the London borough of Hackney.
Mrs Vincent added: “The school has improved enormously in the last two years through the hardwork of all stakeholders, the children, teachers and governors.
“The school is in an excellent position to continue moving forward.”
The Goward and Evans Charities is open to requests for support to help young people’s education.
For further details contact the school on 01842 860256.