Head teacher hails support from businesses and parents in development of Immingham school

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 18 Jul 2017

The head teacher of an Immingham school has hailed the support from the area's businesses and the community in helping to boost its teaching facilities.

Canon Peter Hall Church of England School, on Pelham Road, welcomed workers from packaging company Bemis to see the pond they installed in the playing field, while parents were congratulated for their voluntary work in helping to create a miniature forest school.

Since taking up her role as head teacher of the school in September 2015, Sandra Fawn said she has been determined to take advantage of the rich industry in the area, securing valuable donations and experiences for her pupils.

"There are vibrant businesses on our doorstep. We want to show the children the amazing opportunities which are here," she said.

"The companies, such as Bemis, have done a lot of fundraising for us in the past and that has a huge impact on the opportunities we are able to offer."

Mrs Fawn, who recently celebrated a 'good' Ofsted inspection with the rest of the teaching staff at the Canon Peter Hall Church of England School, is keen to prepare her pupils for the world of work with the support from local businesses, such as Bemis, the Ashbourne Hotel, Knauf, Costain and Modal Training.

One initiative the school has adopted has been to display the ethos of such companies on a wall inside the school, replacing key words with those of the school's own, in an effort to show just how similar the two are.

Another key initiative has been to create 'job adverts' for lunchtime monitor roles in the school's canteen, which pupils can 'apply' for.

Pupils at Canon Peter Hall Church of England Primary School, in Immingham celebrate, their ‘good’ Ofsted with head teacher Sandra Fawn (Image: Jon Corken)

Mrs Fawn said the idea has been very successful.

"It's about teaching the children about the world of work. If we can engage them now it will provide them with opportunities in the future. It builds on what we're teaching in the curriculum."

Chris Norman, site manager at Bemis, explained how the company has supported the school through fundraising events and the construction of a pond.

"We visit here every couple of months. We know the children and the teachers. It's great to be a part of what they're doing," he said.

"We're always helping the children in one way or another. A big thing for them has been to take them on trips out. We sometimes pay for their lunch on their away days and it's amazing just to see their faces."

Parents Kelly Smith and Mark Smith, whose children Mackenzie, seven, and Kian, nine, go to the school, have helped with the development of a forest school.

The forest school incorporates an outdoor learning space where children can learn new skills in the open air outside.

Kelly said: "It's been great. We asked for donations from friends and family to add bits to it. The children love it."



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