A SCHOOL project has brought the community together,

Staff and pupils at Wat’s Dyke CP School in Garden Village, Wrexham were delighted to receive a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help Community Development Scheme, to enable the school to develop their outdoor learning environments.

The school received £2,000 which supported in the purchasing of a range of materials and resources in preparation for their outdoor project.

Heulwen Burke, headteacher said: “We were delighted when we received the news that we had secured the grant from Tesco Community Scheme.

"Ms Alison Roberts, took time out of her busy schedule to visit our school to view the outdoor learning zones, and we are all very proud of the complete project.

"It culminated in a celebration with our foundation pupils showing their appreciation to both Tesco and Coleg Cambria through a personalised song of thanks. The outdoor areas have been transformed into purposeful learning environments, which was recognised positively in our recent Estyn Inspection”

Students from the Joinery Department of Coleg Cambria along with their supportive tutors met with members of the school council and staff of Wat’s Dyke, to formulate an action plan, to enable the construction of a number of outdoor learning areas around the school.

Mike Ward managed the project, with the full support of Nick Tyson, executive director of engineering and construction, and Nick Povey, deputy director of construction of Coleg Cambria.

Emma Roberts, foundation phase lead at the school said: “We are so grateful to Tesco for awarding the school the £2,000 which went a long way in helping us to achieve our vision for outdoor learning.

"I cannot express how supportive, co-operative and enthusiastic the team have been in helping to create enticing, rich outdoor learning environments for the children at our school.

"We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to ‘tap into’ the skills of the fantastic staff and students and because of their hard work our outdoor area has been transformed. We feel confident that because of the hard work of the Coleg Cambria team and the staff at Wat’s Dyke we now have a fabulous provision for the children to develop a wide range of literacy, numeracy and topic based skills."

Coleg Cambria assistant principal and director of curriculum, Nick Tyson added: “I would like to thank all involved in this project from the students to the staff at Bersham Road and those at the school.

"We are really pleased the outside space is providing an excellent learning resource for the children at Wat’s Dyke CP School and we hope to continue the partnership to further enhance the outdoor learning environments, which in turn gives our students the opportunity to use the skills they’ve learnt in college in a real environment.”