Primary school children benefit from improved facilities

The children at Alderley Edge Community Primary School and Alderley Edge Pre-School are now benefitting from an improved and more accessible school environment.

Thanks to two grants from Cheshire East Council, totalling approximately £80,000, plus a contribution of £4,500 from the school they have been able to provide improved facilities for children at lunchtime and for the foundation stage department.

Alderley Edge Community Primary School was one of 14 schools from across the borough to successful bid for a grant from the Healthy Pupils Capital Fund which is intended to improve children's and young people's physical and mental health by enhancing access to facilities for physical activity, healthy eating, mental health and wellbeing and medical conditions. These facilities include kitchens, dining facilities, changing rooms, playgrounds and sports facilities.

The allocation to Cheshire East Council for its maintained schools for 18/19 was £213,000, of which Alderley Edge Community Primary School were awarded a grant of £10,000 for the refurbishment of the dining hall facilities which the school also contributed £1,500 towards.

This has enabled the school hall floor to be completely replaced, which has improved the children's experience for their PE lessons and during assembly. Plus new dining tables have been purchased to provide a more efficient and child-friendly dining experience for the children.

The largest grant of £69,000 was used to redesign and improve the toilet facilities for the youngest children in school, to create a much lighter, brighter and pleasant environment.

Mrs Lindsey Walsh, Interim Head teacher, said, "School budgets are under immense pressure and managing school buildings, especially one as old as ours, is exceptionally difficult. We rely on grants and donations to be able to maintain our buildings to a good standard and improve accessibility to allow our children to have the best learning environment they deserve."

Alderley Edge Primary School