A new classroom for students with learning difficulties in Bristol has opened thanks to a funding grant from Wates Giving, part of the Wates Family Enterprise Trust.
Wates Construction, the contractor behind Salmon Propertys 2 and 3 Glass Wharf in the city, secured the £10,000 grant to transform a 19th century classroom into a modern, secure and relaxing space for children with particular educational needs.
The majority of schools pupils have English as a second language and many are from a refugee background and require special provisions outside of mainstream learning environments.
Wates Construction formed a strong relationship with Hannah More Primary during construction of 3 Glass Wharf, which completed earlier this year. School students visited the site to see the inner workings of building projects on numerous occasions and Wates staff attended school assemblies to talk about the importance of health and safety on a construction site.
Head teacher, Sue Ramsay said:
We are immensely grateful to Wates Giving for this donation. It has made 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 of Wates Construction Southern Home Counties, commented:
Hannah More Primary plays a vital role in supporting the integration of children from a wide variety of backgrounds into the local community. This new classroom will serve as a safe, calm space to support this process with students that have difficulties in mainstream teaching environments. Im very proud that our position as a contractor in Bristol has enabled us to secure this grant and help to create the schools new nurture room.
Wates Giving is run by the Wates Family Enterprise Trust and forms part of the Wates familys commitment to being responsible business owners.