Ysgol Pant y Rhedyn is a junior school in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Back in July 2018, the school’s board of governors contacted the local authority about concern over an increase in the number of accidents happening on the schoolyard. The surface is over thirty years old, and worn out. Children were falling and had received some really nasty cuts - many needed hospital treatment, and some were left with permanent scars.
To keep pupils safe, the headmaster and governors took the difficult decision to stop children from playing on the yard when the new term started in September. The work has now been booked to be completed over half term, but unless we can fundraise to cover the cost of most of the work, there will be serious consequences for our school.
How much do we need to raise?
Like councils all over the county, our local authority is under severe financial pressure. They told us they couldn’t repair the yard because they just didn’t have the funds – even though they are responsible for maintenance.
After a period of intense negotiations, the council eventually agreed to contribute £6,000 towards the cost of resurfacing the yard. But the remaining £14,500, and a further £5,000 to repaint the games on the yard, will need to paid from school funds.
In a further blow, the play equipment on the school field was inspected over the summer holidays and declared unsafe to use. That area on the field behind the school is now closed and out of bounds at playtime, too.
In total, we are looking at costs of around £25,000 to make the school's play areas safe and fun for pupils again - that's almost enough to pay for a full time teacher for one year. Needless to say, we don't have that kind of money and with further cuts expected in the next financial year - things are going to be tough.
Why do we need your help?
Our Friends of Ysgol Pant y Rhedyn PTFA will be hard at work fundraising - we have a school fair every Christmas and summer, school discos and a full calendar of fundraising events. The local community has really rallied behind the school over the past few months, and we’re so grateful for everyone’s support.
We're trying to crowd fund £1,000 to help with the cost of the repairs to the school play areas. It may seem like a small amount in the scheme of things - but it would get our fundraising off to a flying start and means we would be able to repaint the lines on the yard, so the children can start playing football again!
If you can afford to chip-in, please do. Even £5 will make a big difference to our campaign, every penny real does count!
This situation won’t only affect the 140 pupils who are at the school currently; over the next five years an estimated 300 children in total will be taught at Ysgol Pant y Rhedyn. The schoolyard is used by many more who attend the after-school club, Cubs, Brownies and other community activities, too.
Please help us to make our play areas safe and fun for children again, by supporting our campaign. Thank you.