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Local school's playing fields to be 'transformed' by DHL UK Foundation

Posted on 26 July 2016

Groundwork was recently invited to Brooke School, Rugby to learn about their exciting plans to create a beach on their disused playing fields following funding from the DHL UK Foundation.

The Transform It! grants funding scheme, that is administered by Groundwork, invites DHL employees to help disadvantaged children in their community by ‘transforming’ a local space, such as a school or sports club.

Brooke School is a special educational needs establishment that currently teaches around 160 children (aged 2 – 19) by using a variety of different engaging and sensory methods to encourage learning for all pupils. Nathan Thomas, Lead HR Business Partner at DHL applied for the grant on behalf of Brooke School's PTA. 

Making use of a water-logged piece of land, the beach will provide a safe and stimulating environment for pupils including a mixture of textures including pebbles, soft sand, sand dunes, mini rock pools. The design will also incorporate walkways into the water and wheelchair access to ensure access for all pupils.

Chris Pollitt, Head Teacher at Brooke School is a firm believer in the benefits of outdoor learning for his pupils and the school is currently home to a variety of animals including pigs, goats and turkeys. The beach will add yet another string to the school's bow allowing children to continue to grow and learn through nature.

Julie Bustos, Partnerships and Programmes Coordinator for Groundwork UK who visited the school said: "It’s exciting to see the plans and the hard work that’s going into creating what will no doubt be an invaluable outdoor learning space for the pupils at Brooke School.

"We look forward to returning to the school in September and seeing how the Transform It! funding will help children engage with nature."

Nathan Thomas, Lead HR Business Partner at DHL said:

"I was so happy to welcome Groundwork UK and the DHL Foundation to Brooke School to meet the fantastically inspiring Head teacher, Chris Pollitt, the wonderful children, view the prospective site for the Beach School project, and experience the magical atmosphere at the school. 

"We cannot wait to welcome Groundwork back to the school when the Beach School is complete and the children are enjoying another piece of magic!"

To find out more about the Transform It! scheme please click here.