The school had invited us to attend as their sports day drew to a close so that we could officially handover “The Cabin” in front of the school, parents and governors.
It was in conversations with the school last year that I first discussed with the head of Brandesburton, Mrs Ledingham, ways in which we could help the school as they were part of our local community.
The school had held discussions with the pupils in each class and with the pupil committees to identify what the children would like to enhance their school experience. After much discussion the children had suggested that an outdoor shelter/classroom was what they wanted the most. A place where they could chat and chill during break times, that could be used for small group work and to deliver social skills sessions. A place where fun, messy, quiet or forest schools activities could take place.
The head visited Premier’s head offices with two members of the school council, Hattie and Claudia, to deliver a presentation on their ideas. Their passion for the school and its environment and interest in learning more about our company was a pleasure to see and reinforced our wish to help the school.
After the school’s visit, we put forward the idea of building and installing an outdoor shelter for the school to our Board and were delighted to have the proposal approved.
Once the initial approval was received, things started to move; the team in one of our production units, PU2, drew up an idea of the shelter and identified the materials needed. Once the materials were received, they spent their spare time over the space of a week designing and constructing the shelter after looking at some photographs we had considered for the design of the shelter and set to work.
Whilst the shelter was being constructed, we started looking into how the shelter could be delivered and installed. We were delighted when James Musgrave of Musgrave Transport agreed to help out and visited the school with our Operations Manager, David Oakley to inspect the site and come up with a transport plan.
So it came to be that on a rainy day in May, the shelter was finally delivered to the school. Whilst the weather made the delivery a bit more challenging than expected, when the children arrived at school the next day, they were very excited to hear the news that the shelter had been delivered.
The children were then asked to suggest names for the new shelter and following a vote agreed on “The Cabin”.
It was an absolute delight to attend the sports day and to see the excitement and pleasure still evident at the school in their new shelter. We were very touched to receive gifts from the school, including a thank you card displaying images of The Cabin in use. It has already become the regular venue for book club meetings and forest schools activities … and even become a quiet place for the head and other teachers to escape to when needed.
We are very proud of the skills available across our company and the commitment of our staff in ensuring that we could help our local school in providing an amenity sure to enhance the school experience for children and teachers alike for many years to come.