Wates Construction has made it possible for a substantial grant to be awarded to Hannah More Primary School, which is located close to where it is currently building Salmon’s 3 Glass Wharf at Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
Wates Giving, which is run by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and forms part of the Wates family’s commitment to being responsible business owners, has made a grant of £10,000 to the school, which will contribute towards the renovation and fit out of a 19th century classroom. Wates Construction put forward the grant application on behalf of the school.
The majority of the school’s pupils have English as their second language and many are from a refugee background, with some children requiring special provisions as they find it hard to join in mainstream classes. The funding will support the development of a ‘Nurture Room’, which will provide a safe, homely and inviting area for pupils to develop their emotional, social and behavioural skills.
Throughout its time working on 3 Glass Wharf, which will comprise 15,000 sq. m. of Cat A Office space, Wates has developed a strong relationship with the school, with pupils visiting the site several times to be given a tour of the building work and learn more about the construction industry. Wates’ staff have also attended school assemblies to talk to the children about the importance of health and safety on a building site.
The cheque was presented to the school at a ceremony attended by Wates Construction’s Southern Home Counties team members Sally Kinchin (Community Investment Adviser), Kevin Scott (Operations Director), Helen Challinor (Document Controller) and Matt List (Project Manager), as well as Headteacher Sue Ramsay, Lily Moeketsi, who will manage the Nurture Room, Ruth Cochrane, Community Development Coordinator, and a group of the school’s pupils.
Sue Ramsay, Headteacher, Hannah More Primary School said:
“We are immensely grateful to Wates Giving for this donation. This will make a huge difference to the quality of the environment in the Nurture Room for some of our most disadvantaged children.”
Alec Jackman, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:
“Our team has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the staff and pupils at Hannah More Primary School throughout our time building 3 Glass Wharf so it’s privilege for us to be able to support the school in upgrading its Nurture Room. As well as being an excellent place for pupils to learn, the school plays a vital role in supporting the integration of children from a wide variety of backgrounds into the local community, helping them to make new friends and to learn more about the city of Bristol. Everyone at Wates wishes the school good luck in the creation of the Nurture Room and for the new school year ahead.”