Shute Primary School bags £12k Tesco grant

PUBLISHED: 10:30 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:54 14 December 2016

Shute primary pupils and headteacher Clare Rinaldi celebrate their £12,000 Tesco award. Ref mha 49-16TI 3104. Picture: Terry Ife

Shute primary pupils and headteacher Clare Rinaldi celebrate their £12,000 Tesco award. Ref mha 49-16TI 3104. Picture: Terry Ife

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Staff and pupils at Shute Community Primary School in Axminster are celebrating after landing a £12,000 grant from a Tesco initiative.

The school secured £12,000 from the company’s Bags for Help scheme, which sees the money raised by customers through the company’s five pence bag charge go directly back into the local community. The bag charge is used to fund local projects to create or improve outdoor spaces in communities across the UK.

The money will go towards a project which aims to re-landscape the outside spaces at the school.

This includes building tiered seating and landscaping the outdoor theatre, creating a free-flow area for pupils to learn and play.

The end result will be a space which can be used by all pupils and staff for outdoor learning as well as music, dance and theatrical productions.

It will also be open to local community groups such as Shute Theatre and Arts Guild (STAG) and Exeter-based groups which already stage productions in the local church.

The grounds project, lead by Samantha Knights, has already raised more than £15,000 through other fundraising, meaning the school has £29,000 to spend making its vision become reality.

Clare Rinaldi, head of teaching and learning at the school, said: “This grant will be revolutionary for the school and community alike and will allow us to use the outdoor stage which is currently without any seating.

“We have a strong emphasis at the school on outdoor learning and this area will add a fantastic new dimension to this.”


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