ABP donation supports raft of improvements at Marfleet Primary School
October 29, 2015
Hull’s Marfleet Primary School is set to benefit from a number of improvements following a donation of £70,000 from Associated British Ports (ABP).
The money was given to the school at the beginning of the year after staff at ABP’s four Humber ports spent 2014 fundraising to enable the school to equip a much-needed extra classroom.
Hull City Council recently confirmed that it would build the additional teaching space and that the ABP donation would be used to furnish and equip the room to the highest standard, including interactive whiteboards and cutting-edge computer equipment, books, furniture and consumables such as stationery.
ABP Port Manager Hull and Goole Mark Frith is delighted the ABP donation is being put to good use. He said: “The news that Hull City Council has committed to providing the school with an extra classroom is the news we were waiting to hear and we couldn’t be more pleased.
“It’s gratifying to know that the fundraising undertaken by ABP staff has paid off and that it will benefit the children of the local area for many years to come.”
The new classroom will mean that children will no longer be taught in mixed year groups or cramped conditions as pupil numbers continue to grow.
The school has also recently received a ‘Good’ rating by Ofsted.
Head teacher of Marfleet Primary School, Rachel Butler-Reid said: “When we received the news from the council that the classroom would be built it was wonderful. We strive to provide an excellent education for the children of this area, but the subsequent increase in pupil numbers meant we were struggling for space. We were thrilled when ABP said they’d help us raise the funds needed to build the new classroom.
“The donation has made a huge difference to the school already as we are now able to move forward with our plans to develop and inspire passion for learning in our pupils.”
As well as the new classroom, which the school hopes will be open next September, the school is already benefiting from a new micro-kitchen, again provided by the council, which means pupils can enjoy freshly prepared, nutritious meals at lunchtime and it is also hoping to obtain outdoor furniture for the play area and shelters for parents waiting to pick up their children.