Small School, Two Communities, Great Expectations!
Churchfields is one school at the heart of two communities in Atworth and Monkton Farleigh, Wiltshire. It is a split site school which provides education for 120 children aged 4-11.
But, we need some help!
Each base has a project to significantly improve facilities.
Atworth Outdoor Swimming Pool
At our Atworth base we are lucky enough to have an outdoor swimming pool. Unfortunately since the pandemic we have been unable to open the pool and it has fallen in to disrepair. A fantastic team of parent volunteers have worked hard to revamp the pool so it can open this summer. This is a fantastic resource for our small school and we don’t want to lose it. Funds are required to keep the pool running year after year, enabling the children to learn to swim, improving their levels of physical exercise and contributing towards improving their mental health.
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However, further improvements are also required at a significant cost and the school simply does not have the funds for these. In the near future we will require a new pool liner, a new pump and eventually the changing rooms will need replacing. Our long term goal would be to renew the solar panels to heat the pool and if we could raise enough and gain permission, we would love to build a permanent structure around the pool so it can be used all year round.
Monkton Farleigh Outdoor Learning Classroom
At our Monkton Farleigh base we would like to provide an external outdoor learning structure. Whilst we are fortunate to have a large outdoor space, the field is extremely exposed with very little shelter. An outdoor classroom would transform the potential and frequency of learning outside whatever the weather.
We want to create as many opportunities as possible to facilitate our cross curricular and outdoor approach to learning. Being outside helps break down any existing barriers to learning and we are passionate about providing our pupils with all the tools they need so that their learning, confidence and self esteem can flourish; whilst improving mental health, levels of physical activity and increasing outdoor experiences. Our neighbouring nursery who share our grounds and our local Guides group would also have the opportunity to use this fantastic resource.
And that’s where you can help!
The swimming pool committee, consisting of parent volunteers has raised £3800 towards the upkeep of the pool. This has paid for the spring commissioning this year, replacement of important safety equipment and will go towards the cost of chemicals needed to keep the pool running. However we need much more to keep the pool running year after year and to pay for the future improvements required.
The total cost of the building and installation of the outdoor learning classroom will be just over £10,000. We have raised £3000 through available grants, but still have a long way to go before we reach our target.
Please would you consider donating to our campaign? Whether you can donate a small amount or a little more, every penny will make a huge difference for our small school.
Help us to support the health and well being of all our pupils.
Our mission is to build an outdoor classroom and to keep our swimming pool running, these two projects will last for generations and be significant attributes to our school. We promise to keep you updated with our progress