PLAYGROUND APPEAL

Can you help us transform the playground space at Holly Park?

The Holly Park Appeals Committee is raising funds for improvements to the school playground to be carried out in summer 2020.

Aimed at creating a happier, healthier and safer Holly Park, the works will include:

• Removing the car park running alongside the side of the junior school building and opening this space to children, creating approx. 450 square metres of new playground.

• Opening new and existing entrances/exits from the junior building onto this new playground space, reducing congestion inside and improving emergency exit provision.

• Renovations to the infant playground to improve safety.

• Decorating the new junior playground with designs by Holly Park pupils.

• Major tarmac works to improve safety in the new playground.

Why do we need your help? With rising costs and pupil numbers taken into account, schools in England are £2 billion poorer than they were in 2015. Like most maintained schools across the UK, Holly Park School has faced real-term reductions to budgets over the past five years, with funds for maintenance of school fabric particularly affected. Today the school’s annual budget for repair and upkeep stands at just £10,000 – a drop of more than 85% compared with five years ago. The Holly Park Appeals Committee has been created to coordinate the efforts of the school Parent-Teacher Association, Governing Body and Special Fund to help meet the funding shortfall.

The Big Holly Park Appeal 2020

Can you help us transform the playground space at Holly Park? The Holly Park Appeals Committee is raising funds for improvements to the school playground to be carried out in summer 2020. Aimed at creating a happier, healthier and safer Holly Park, the works will include: • Removing the car park running alongside the side of the junior school building and opening this space to children, creating approx. 450 square metres of new playground. • Opening new and existing entrances/exits from the junior building onto this new playground space, reducing congestion inside and improving emergency exit provision. • Renovations to the infant playground to improve safety. • Decorating the new junior playground with designs by Holly Park pupils. • Major tarmac works to improve safety in the new playground.

SCHOOL

NEW PLAYGROUND AREA

What is needed? The total cost of the planned works is £40,000. The Holly Park Appeals Committee is seeking to raise this target through a combination of Parent-Teacher Association activity throughout the current school year, local business sponsorship, support from trusts and foundations, and an Easter crowdfunding campaign aimed at raising funds from the school and wider local community.

How can you help?

Playground design competition! We’re encouraging children at Holly Park to kick off the fundraising efforts by taking part in a competition to help design the new junior playground space. Entry costs a minimum £1 donation to the campaign, which children are being encouraged to raise themselves. Get creative and help us get the Appeal off to a flying start!

Support our Easter crowdfunding campaign In the run up to the Easter holidays we will be launching an online crowdfunding campaign. Our local estate agent Austin Chamber has generously offered to match donations to this campaign from parents up to £7,500, meaning that every £1 donated to the campaign will be worth £2 to the school. Would you consider helping us take advantage of this opportunity to raise funds for the school? If you would be interested in making an early pledge to this campaign, we’d be thrilled to hear from you.

Employer match-funding schemes Many larger companies offer match-funding schemes whereby the employer matches donations made to registered charities by their employees.  Does your employer operate this kind of scheme? Would you consider using it to make a match-funded gift to the school?

Links to local businesses We are looking for local businesses who might support the Appeal. Do you have connections to a business in the area that might be interested in helping a local community school?

Get in touch:

If you would like to get in touch about supporting the Big Holly Park Appeal, or have questions about the campaign, please contact John Harte on hollyparkspecialfund@gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your support!