In the school year 2020-2021 we have the following major community projects:
One Can Trust
OCT has supported us since the first lockdown, with ongoing practical support for families who are facing particular hardships. We are one of only a few schools who are recognised as one of their direct partners. OCT has also just begun running on site cookery classes for parents and children - an exciting new venture since Autumn 2021.
Wycombe Wanderers Active Learn
Over the past two years, both before and after lockdown, Wycombe Wanderers have been hugely supportive of the school, with on site visits, book signing and workshops for our children, and holiday sports themed camps for our children.
For the past three years Country Trust has been one of our most important partners. Through their outreach programme our children have received regular lessons in how to grow food, leading to visits to local farms and farm shops and even practical sessions in our teaching kitchen where the children have learnt how to cook some of the food they have grown.
Oxford Story Museum's Page Turners project
Throught the Page Turners project we have been one of only two Bucks schools to receive regular visits from nationally known story tellers, linked to practical support for some of our children to help develop their reading plus visits to their fabulous new museum in Oxford.
Blue Peter Book Award
In 2019 12 of our children were chosen to be judges in the annual Blue Peter children's book awards. The children were tasked with reading and evaluating a number of books each.
Marlow Education Trust
Since the foundation of the MET, we have benefitted through outreach work from our main partner school, Sir William Borlase's. Through this we have had extended support in a range of specialist subject areas, including Music, French, PE and Science, as well as over 100 Sixth formers who have each given an afternoon a week to support learning in the classroom, particularly focusing on listening to our children read. We have also had expert support with our bids to the Condition Improvement Fund, which have resulted in several million pounds worth of on site developments, ranging from new roofs, to fire safety improvements, a completely replaced water supply, and safety and safeguarding improvements. We also work closely with them on Health and Safety, Safeguarding, and finance, to the benefit of all of our children and staff.
Ogden Trust Primary Science partnership (Hub School)
In 2019 we became the hub school for a local Ogden Trust science partnership, working with up to a dozen local primary schools. In 2021 we were awarded a grant to establish a science lab (Phizzy Lab) which will be officially opened in Science week, March 2022.
We are also delighted to be working in close collaboration with our local network of primary schools via the Rye Liaison Group and, in particular, with our closest partner school Marsh Infants. This network of schools meets regularly to share expertise about teaching and learning and to agree on local projects, including, for example, shared moderation of Key Stage 2 work, and close collaboration over curriculum development.
Our Latest Community Project!
We are delighted that we have been granted a National Heritage Lottery fund grant for our latest project: One Community, Many Voices, One Chair. Through this project we are hoping to capture the voices of as many of our local community members as possible, starting with our children and families, and giving them a chance to record their Covid stories. We are especially pleased to add a new partnership to our list, with a new link with local company Ercol Furniture. Like many local organisations, there is along history of our children and families being linked to the Ercol chair making factory, which used to be located only a few hundred metres from our gates, in Spring Gardens. Our goal is to bring together as many of our local friends and partners, through this project, with the opportunity to sit in our Ercol "story telling" chair, and share our common history and our recent common experiences during Covid.