Lottery grant boost for two local schools

NEAALMSCH110106A1 - Gilthill primary school grant of �7600 for after school lessons in cookery, drama and dancing
NEAALMSCH110106A1 - Gilthill primary school grant of �7600 for after school lessons in cookery, drama and dancing

TWO schools have received grants from the Big Lottery Fund and will be spending the money on after school activities and language academies.

Mornington Primary School in Nuthall has been awarded almost £10,000 and is planning to spend it on after school language classes in Spanish and French.

Gilthill Primary School in Kimberley has been given £7,600 and is spending the money on dance, drama and cookery workshops and traditional lunch time games such as hopscotch and French skipping.

Headteacher at Gilthill Peter Callaway said: “We wanted a project to extend after school activities so we applied to the lottery fund.

“It’s about extending the use of the school throughout the year.

“It opens opportunities up to the children that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to try.

“They will then know for later on in life whether these things are something they might want to pursue.

“In a primary school you have an amount of experience that you can provide, and this money enables us to look beyond that and provide even more.”

The money will predominantly fund the tutors and teachers for the sessions, Mr Callaway said.

Altogether 86 schools and community groups across the East Midlands were awarded £642,212 from the Big Lottery Fund. Each organisation was given between £300 and £10,000.

One of the groups awarded money include Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport.

The organisation is planning to use its £9,500 grant to turn rain into a resource for washing its community buses.