Sheffield school opens new eco-classroom following hard work by fundraisers

A rural Sheffield primary school has launched a new eco-classroom supported by fundraising from parents.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 10:00 am

Bradfield Dungworth Primary School opened the £50,000 facility after parents and members of the school community successfully raised funds for the project.

Headteacher Helen Adams said that the school Parents and Friends Association had been fundraising for money to build the classroom for four years to replace an old, dilapidated mobile classroom. The new one is built of wood and sustainable materials.

“We’re a small school with 122 pupils,” said Helen. “When we started fundraising we were only 100. That’s one of the reasons we needed to have an eco-classroom. We are a school that is growing and a lot of siblings of pupils would not have got a place.”

Youngsters at Bradfield Dungworth Primary School celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week outside their new eco-classroom - with a class teacher in the unicorn outfit!

Helen said fundraisers did all sorts to raise the money: “We had the usual things like dress-up days and we had an auction held in The Plough pub and we got contributions from the community. Parents could bid to have my car parking space for a week!

“One class teacher had his legs waxed. We also had an elf hunt just before Christmas around Dam Flask. Families paid for a booklet to go and find the elves that were hidden.”

She added: “I think for a small school they’ve consistently raised about £10,000 a year for the last four years which is stunning.”

The new eco-classroom is used by small groups of students

Helen said the multi-purpose facility is used as a teaching space for small groups, as a reading area and as a quiet space for children who are feeling upset or stressed, which is particularly important at the moment.

Around 50 per cent of pupils are in school as there is a high proportion of children of NHS staff and farm workers.

Staff are working hard to teach both in class and online, so they also film lessons in the eco-classroom.

MAC Construction Consultants were appointed on the four-week project to provide specialist cost management, quantity survey and safety, health and environmental services.

They worked alongside main construction contractor Bridge Timber which ensured there were no disturbances to the wider school site.

Bradfield Dungworth Primary School forms part of Peak Edge Trust, a multi-academy trust established in 2019 and located in north-west Sheffield.

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