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Fun for all at St Mary Magdalen’s Catholic Primary School

Teachers and children of St Mary Magdalen's stand in the school doorway

St Mary Magdalen’s Primary School was awarded a £5,000 Community Award to modify the outside area and entrance which is accessed by the school’s reception class.

The school, which has more than 200 pupils, entered the awards because its reception classroom was not as easily accessible as the main school building, which was built over 100 years ago. Access to the classroom is via steep and dangerous stairs which can be limiting for children and teachers who are physically disabled.

The school has proposed to build a decked area with a gradual slope which will enable children of all abilities to access the classroom safely.

The project was nominated by Deborah Hogarth, a OneFamily customer, who is also a parent helper at the school.

“We want everyone to feel like they are part of the class, which could be difficult if they weren’t able to use the same entrance as everyone else. This is a very welcoming school and winning this award will help us make all children feel included.”

Deborah Hogarth, OneFamily customer

Currently the children who depend on wheelchairs or who have disabilities, must access the classroom through the main school entrance, which is not the preferred route for other reception children. The new decking will replace the original stairs and create a space for children of all abilities to enjoy.