Greenfield School Crowdfunding

by Greenfield School, Woking in Woking, England, United Kingdom

£6,350

 
Gift Aid
+ est. £1487.50
£150,000 target 23 days left
4% 22 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 8th July 2021 at 6:00pm

This project is a celebration of our community and the legacy that we create together for the children of Greenfield School.

by Greenfield School, Woking in Woking, England, United Kingdom

Help us create a legacy for our pupils

Greenfield School is a growing and thriving community who share in the purpose of educating our pupils in a secure and nurturing environment to develop their confidence and self-esteem and prepare them for a dynamic future. We took a leap of faith in 2019 as we said goodbye to our original setting on Brooklyn Road and moved to our new home on Old Woking Road.  Today, we are delighted to find ourselves truly settled in our incredible new environment; offering our children space and opportunities that we had longed for.

 

What a journey those two years have been for us all. We are inspired and humbled by the fortitude of our pupils and the sense of community we have relied on to get to this exciting stage of our big move. Hearing the happy sounds of our pupils now happily reunited with their friends, returning to the warmth of this building and having the luxury of planning for our future is a privileged place to be and a moment to be shared.

 

Taking an, albeit, forced pause on the development of Old Woking Road, allowed us to take a moment to recognise this journey, honour it and use the experiences to learn, grow and carve out plans for the next incredible era of our lives and the legacy of our school.  We are now ready to ‘put down roots’ to begin the next stage of Greenfield School.

 

A Greenfield Education is not just about learning from a book. Engaging together in learning face-to-face and exposure to a comprehensive range of subject disciplines has a profoundly positive impact on a child’s learning and their sense of emotional safety in engaging with others. We foster and encourage curiosity, reward effort and will create innovative ways to invite children to level up their skills.

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What does this space mean for our children’s learning?

Used carefully and intentionally, ample space will have a significant impact on our children’s learning and wellbeing.  Children crave the freedom to run and feel uninhibited.  They need spaces for reflection and calm contemplation.  With space, we have the freedom to invest in facilities that will expose our children to a greater range of experiences.

 

Ways in which we would like to maximise the use of our space:

  • A dynamic changing and exciting opportunity for pupils at Greenfield is the exponential uptick in their Digital Literacy.  We have the space and appetite for an investment that will capitalise on these incredible skills [see Reward: Multi-Media Room]. 

 

  • Sport boosts physical and mental fitness, but the skills we are able to nurture here have wider reaching consequences.  Team sports are about risk taking, a safe space to experiment with leadership and teach us valuable lessons in handling failure [see Reward: MUGA, Sports Hall, Football Posts].

 

  • Exposure to nature has a profoundly calming effect and helps us to heighten a readiness to learn, particularly in times of difficulty. We have designed this transitional area between our two buildings to create a Zen Garden for those all-important moments of reflection and introspection [see Reward: Paving Slabs, Flower Beds, Sculpture, Together When We Are Apart Community Bench and Teak Bench].

 

  • A purpose built space for Dance and Drama with those all-important features enabling our children an opportunity to experiment and learn about their physical potential in performance.  At the heart of our Dance and Drama programme, lie vital lessons in nurturing confidence and lay foundations for pupils as the orators, debaters and leaders of the future [see Reward: Dance and Drama Suite].

 

  • Our flourishing Music department at Greenfield consistently outgrow their allocated space and we long to return to the days of our bands, groups and orchestras filling the hallways with their music.  With double the number of students and a generous space to fill, we can’t wait to watch the continued trajectory of our pupils’ musical achievements [see Reward: Music Room, Music Pods].

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Not all students are children and not all classrooms have four walls

At the heart of our attitude to teaching, is a constant process of mutual learning and the critical work of rethinking.  As the world continues to change and evolve, we are determined to continue on that path of evolving as a school.  We see our pupils advocating in conservation matters, plastic pollution concerns and representation in literature and roles of responsibility and we are committed to support them every step of the way.

This project sets our intention for the way we want to develop our educational offering and create a legacy for every single Greenfield pupil.

Don't take our word for it... we've received some really positive feedback:

"We wanted to email you to pass on our heartfelt thanks to the entire Greenfield team for supporting our daughter through what has probably been the most challenging time of her life."

"Team Greenfield supported her brilliantly in this period (at times when we fell short too) and gave her the encouragement and support she needed the most. We will be forever grateful to all of them for being there for her."

"We are immensely impressed with the school's rapid and flexible approach to these new circumstances. I know you will be proud of your staff, but I hope you take a moment to reflect on your positive leadership as well; it is among the many things that sets Greenfield apart."

"Also, I must say our son has been very happy going to school every morning since he started at Greenfield. There hasn't been a single day where he didn't want to go in, rather he would hurry me up in the morning so we don't get late. The teachers are amazing and take extra care to keep children motivated and bring out the best in them. We have only been at Greenfield since September and I must say as parents, we feel warm and welcome by teachers and other parents. Thank you for that."

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How will we use the money?

‘The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.’ – Maya Angelou 

The money raised by Greenfield during this campaign will be used specifically to invest in facilities relative to the subject discipline chosen or to purchase items described (paving slabs, bricks, planters).  The intention behind the acquisition of these items is to provide additional opportunities for our children in line with our ethos, values and curriculum.

Please email our team at [email protected] if you have any further questions.

 

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Our Rewards

The rewards on offer represent a number of ways that our community can become part of the Greenfield legacy and sets our intention for growth whilst retaining the values we represent - we cannot emphasise enough how important this is to us.  A full list of the rewards can be seen just to the right of this text.

 

If you have any queries about the rewards on offer or indeed have any suggestions, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated crowdfunding team at [email protected]

 

With regards to the naming of items, all suggestions are to be approved by the School Governors to ensure appropriateness and to avoid any duplication that may occur. 

 

The rewards are items that school will purchase and dedicate appropriately to sponsors, honouring agreed labelling and will be shared with thanks in an unveiling event once the relevant area of the school has been completed post development.  As our building works are due for completion in a number of stages to enable us to “decant” our classes from the temporary buildings and then commence groundworks on our new outdoor areas, some rewards will be revealed in advance of others.

 

Each donor will be contacted directly by the crowdfunding team in order to define inscriptions, dedications or quotes.  In the case of paving slabs, we will propose a standardised format of the inscription for your agreement.  Once the appropriate labelling has been agreed, we shall ensure that each reward is appropriately placed and properly maintained for its lifecycle.  In the event it might be damaged prematurely (within the first 10 years), the item will be replaced and replicated as closely as possible to the original specification.

 

Your brand

This crowdfunding campaign is a unique opportunity for your business to align with families in the Woking area.  We would love to hear from business owners keen to pursue sponsorship to talk you through options that could maximise brand exposure whilst investing in education.  

Areas of our new building will be open for external hire once launched and visitors will be welcomed regularly for fixtures and events.

Please email the team at [email protected] to discuss these options further.


About Greenfield School

Greenfield School has a rich history within Woking combined with a strong ethos, established by the founding Headmistress Ruth Hicks, and this remains at the forefront of the school’s philosophy today.

At Greenfield, we welcome families into our school community, not just children. We understand that if you are considering an independent education for your children, it is because you want to give them opportunities.  Our incredibly broad curriculum offers opportunities for all and enables us to identify strengths in every child and to build on them.

This approach to education has improved senior school entrance exam results and in the past three years, the 68 children who sat senior school entrance exams earned 44 scholarship offers. 

We take pride that Greenfield School is not your average preparatory school and it is on these already remarkable foundations that we want to build for the benefit of our pupils. Our move to Old Woking Road presents us with the opportunity to do just that, and we would like you to join us in Greenfield’s next Chapter.

You can find out more about Greenfield School at https://www.greenfield.surrey.sch.uk/

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Buy a paving slab for the Zen Garden

An impressive installation, created using paving slabs, will take pride of place at the new school. Each slab will be inscribed with the name of a person or family linked to Greenfield School. This feature will wind its way through the centre of the Zen Garden in celebration of the path we have forged as a community. Inscriptions are limited to 3 lines and may be for a single or multiple persons. Subject to approval by board of governors.

£100 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name a pair of goalposts

There will be a set of goalposts in the multi-use games area each inscribed with the name of a person, business or family linked to Greenfield School. All labelling subject to approval by governors.

£200 or more

6 of 8 claimed

Sponsor a flower bed in the Zen Garden

Our Zen Garden will be a peaceful sensory area, visible from the new school entrance, through a glass wall, and will feature benches, art and plenty of plant life. A series of raised beds containing a variety of plant life will help us to create the calming environment that our children will benefit from between periods of learning and stimulation. Each bed donated will be celebrated with a plaque dedicated to the donor (if desired).

£450 or more

2 of 5 claimed

Crowdfund “Together when we are apart” bench

At the heart of Greenfield School lies a community, one that this last year has taught us to cherish more than ever. In honour of this we'd like to install a 5-seater, kissing-style bench commissioned by a local company, to represent the time we spent supporting one another during lockdown and reinforcing that we are a community once more.

£1,200 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Sponsor a teak bench

Teak benches will be placed around the grounds of the school and Zen Garden, each inscribed with the name of a person, business or family linked to Greenfield School. Names and labelling subject to the approval of the governors. 4 Seater: 94cm tall x 69cm deep x 1.8 metres wide – Up to 100 characters.

£1,500 or more

1 of 4 claimed

Name a music pod

Four sound-proofed music pods, will be housed on the ground floor of our new building. An essential space for our children to explore and express their full volume! By naming each music pod, perhaps we could create a fantasy Greenfield band? Each is available to be named by a person or family linked to Greenfield School. Name subject to the approval of the board of governors.

£2,500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Sponsor a set of Swings

Greenfield children love to swing and is there any greater freedom than feeling the wind in your hair? We have selected two nest swings for the children to enjoy in their new play area. Naming these swings will buy you legend status amongst the Greenfield pupils. All names subject to approval by the board of governors.

£3,000 or more

0 of 8 claimed

Name a classroom

There are eight classrooms available to be named by a person, family or business. Perhaps you would like to inspire the children of Greenfield by naming a room after an inspirational scientist, thinker or creative. We would love to hear your ideas! Names will be installed in addition to a dedication to donor/pupil (if desired). All labelling will be subject to approval by the board of governors.

£5,000 or more

PLEDGE RECEIVED Name the Music Room

Our thriving music department offers all pupils an opportunity to explore a limitless range of musical genres. Music from a young age can teach social-interaction, language and expression. It supports well-being and teaches our children the joy of working together. Name our new purpose-built music room, perhaps after a favourite musician, composer or icon. Names may be accompanied by dedication to donor/pupil. Names subject to approval.

£5,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sponsor a new Climbing Frame

Thanks to the popularity of the wonderful climbing frame that we inherited from the ISL, we would love to replicate its popularity with the children in the new play area. Sponsoring this item or labelling it with an inspirational quote in dedication to a family/pupil will help us to provide pupils with the treasured experience of exploratory play together. All labelling will be subject to approval by the board of governors.

£7,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name the Dance and Drama Suite

Having built upon the fantastic legacy of Dance and Drama achievements at Greenfield, these facilities, together with an investment in the discipline, will help us to support pupils become confident orators, performers and debaters of the future. The state-of-the-art Dance and Drama Suite could be named after a celebrated performer or public speaker. Names may be accompanied by dedication to pupil/donor. Names subject to approval.

£8,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name the Dining Room

Food, glorious food. That is what our children wish for! We are thrilled to open our new kitchen and dining space will enable us to seat more pupils simultaneously, providing the children with a more communal experience. Inspiration might arise from community projects, famous literary banquets or chefs. Names will be accompanied by a dedication to the donor/pupil (if desired). Names require approval from the board of governors.

£9,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Sponsor a John Brown Sculpture for the Zen Garden

For a visual centrepiece for our new Zen Garden, we have selected John Brown, a gentleman artist whose work we encountered at the Lightbox in Woking. The name of the piece is "Family Circle II". He has agreed to work on a piece that will help us to celebrate the way in which coming together can elevate us. This item will be memorialised with the name of the pupil/family who sponsors the item (if desired).

£15,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name the Sports Hall

An investment in the children's physical education would assist Greenfield to foster a love of team sports and help us to expand our ability to compete in and host games with local schools. As well as gains to physical and mental fitness, our PE department helps our pupils learn essential life skills in being a team player, creating safe spaces to take risks, experimenting with leadership and dealing with failure. Name is subject to approval.

£30,000 or more

Name the Multimedia Suite

Thank you for joining us at the bottom of this incredible list of dreams! One of the incredible gifts of teaching online has been the unexpected and exponential increase in Digital Literacy of pupils at Greenfield School. These skills provide an incredible opportunity and we have grand plans to expose our pupils to state-of-the-art facilities that will alter the trajectory of their tech interactions for years to come. Name subject to approval.

£35,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Name the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

The multi-use games area is an all-weather pitch due for development adjacent to the current position of our temporary huts. This space will enable year-round use of our incredible space. One available to be named by a person, business or family linked to Greenfield School - perhaps there is a sports Icon you believe could inspire our pupils to greatness. Name subject to approval by the board of governors.

£1,000 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Sponsor an outdoor Tennis Table

We would like to install outdoor tennis tables for the children to enjoy during their outdoor break times. Tables can be dedicated to pupils or donors linked to Greenfield School. All inscriptions will be subject to approval by our governors.

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