Hilperton CE Primary School is a voluntary controlled village school near Trowbridge, Wiltshire. The village has expanded so pupil numbers have steadily increased. We currently have 170 pupils ages 4 to 11 across 6 classes. We are proud of our school where we feel strongly about developing each child as an individual.
We have an all-weather pitch which is showing significant signs of wear and could soon be unsafe to use. This is an important area for us as it allows our pupils to undertake various PE lessons outdoors, especially in autumn and winter when our playing field is not always useable. Without the all-weather pitch these activities would need to occur in our hall however due to the competition for space they may not take place at all. We need to re-cover the pitch as soon as possible, ideally within this academic year. We also need new sports equipment to allow us to fully utilise a new pitch, giving our pupils many different opportunities to take part in a variety of activities.
The estimated cost is £10,000 for which our Parents & Friends Association is busy fundraising; a diary of events has already been advertised with new events planned. Once we have raised the money the work can begin immediately.
The lifespan of a new pitch would be 15 -20 years which would benefit 550- 700 children who will attend our school throughout this time. The pitch would become a key part of our after-school club offer which enables local parents to work, safe in the knowledge their child is being looked after in a happy and healthy environment.
Our premises are small for our number of pupils so we have developed our outdoor space to maximise opportunities to learn as well as to play. We have a trim trail, an allotment garden, changing room sheds, a play pod, covered play area, basketball posts, playground markings, table tennis tables and a play area specifically for our Reception pupils. We have achieved this within our annual budget with the help of our proactive volunteer Parents Fundraising Association (PFA). This investment has helped us achieve the New Healthy Schools award and the Eco Schools award.
A newly laid all-weather pitch and sports equipment will allow us to continue with our programme of active outdoor learning as well as maximising opportunities for use by our after-school club. It will be used all year round inside and outside of school hours. Children will be healthy and confident, as well as fit and active, throughout their time at our school and will take this ethos with them when they leave us.
We want our pupils to be the best they can and to help them to maximise every learning opportunity. We know that many of the children attending our school face economic and social disadvantage. The Child Wellbeing Index for Wiltshire states that children in Hilperton are in the top 5% most deprived in the county and over 1 in 5 (22.7%) are classed as being in child poverty. Of the children entering secondary education in Trowbridge, 30.7% are assessed as either significantly overweight or obese. We want our pupils to leave our school with a high level of physical and mental wellbeing. Our Ofsted report confirms we are achieving this; we want to continue to invest in our school and our pupils to ensure this remains the case in years to come.