Worcestershire Schools Allocated £50,000 from Babcock Prime Education Fund

Published Wednesday, 15th February 2017

A group of Worcestershire schools have received funding to allow them to establish special projects aimed at improving the lives of children and young learners thanks to funding from Babcock Prime.

Babcock Prime, which delivers education services across the county on behalf of Worcestershire County Council (WCC), is awarding £50,000 to eight schools as part of the Babcock Prime Education Fund scheme. This is the first year Babcock Prime has allocated the funding for Worcestershire with the aim of supporting and encouraging innovative projects that will enhance and inspire the lives of children and young people in the region.

The £50,000 has been allocated to 10 projects across the following eight schools: Abberley Parochial V.C Primary, Birchen Coppice Primary, Chadsgrove School, Holywell Primary & Nursary School, South Bromsgrove High, St Anne’s CofE Primary, The Chantry and Wolverley CofE Secondary.

Chadsgrove School in Bromsgrove will receive funding for three projects including setting up a special website called Chadsgrove News that will host video reports and updates about activities in the school. Funding has also been granted to develop the ongoing work the school is doing in SEND(Special Educational Needs & Disabilities).

Teachers and pupils at St Anne’s CofE Primary in Bewdley will use their funding to create a flat pack mock French town called En Ville which will give youngsters a more realistic setting in which to experience and use their French learning skills. The ‘town’ will be built using MDF constructed building shells and decorated to look like a French café, bakery, train station and post office.

The funding is allocated on an annual basis to fund ambitious and innovative ideas that will benefit learners in Worcestershire from 0-25 years of age. Successful projects must support at least one of the following areas: educational innovation and excellence, raising standards, improving quality and building capacity and student led initiatives.

JJ Bowley, Director of Babcock’s Education business said he hoped the funding would make a real impact on enhancing the lives of young people in Worcestershire.

“We were really impressed with the variety of projects and ideas that were submitted to us as part of the Babcock Prime Education Fund, and demonstrated real passion and commitment to the essence of the scheme, which is all about finding new ways to improve the lives of youngsters across the county.

“I look forward to seeing the projects take shape and how they are benefiting the schools we work with.”

John Edwards, WCC Strategic Commissioner, Education and Skills, added: "We are delighted that Babcock Prime is awarding this generous sum to help support ten projects across eight different schools in Worcestershire. The Babcock Prime Education Fund scheme supports many excellent projects across the County, and we are confident that this funding will enrich the lives of young people at these schools."