On 30 March 2007 at 2 pm, pupils from St Thomas the Martyr School in Up Holland will proudly show off the NatWest Supergrounds playground project they helped to design to local MP Rosie Cooper.
“It is fantastic to see how the school has transformed their playground into something which will make a real difference to the pupils. There is no question that this is certainly a more interesting and engaging playground with its adventure trail than the one I remember from my school days”
“Congratulations must go to Alison Moorhead for securing the funding for this project alongside the fundraising efforts of the school itself. I am sure the enjoyment the children will get from this new playground is worth all the hard work.”
Supergrounds is a £6m, six-year community programme funded by RBS Group (of which NatWest is part) which has so far helped 300 primary schools across the UK, including St Thomas the Martyr Primary School, transforming their existing school grounds into more attractive and stimulating places where children can learn and play in safety.
Research shows that stimulating playgrounds can significantly reduce bullying, stress and vandalism whilst providing an outdoor education resource for teachers. The objective of Supergrounds is to improve school grounds to assist the educational and emotional development of children, and to encourage and support the involvement of NatWest employees; resulting in strengthening the connection between bank staff and their local communities.
The involvement of NatWest employees is central to Supergrounds. NatWest staff nominate a primary school, giving it the opportunity to improve its school grounds and then help the school plan, develop and implement its project over the academic year. Schools receive £4,000 cash and help in-kind to the value of £3,000. St Thomas the Martyr School was nominated by Alison Moorhead, a school governor.
NatWest / RBS developed the Supergrounds programme in partnership with Learning through Landscapes (LtL), the national school grounds charity working to help improve and develop school grounds. By the end of 2010, a further 600 primary schools will have benefited from the programme.