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Our support helps local school to improve recreational facilities for students

April 2018

Sedgefield Community College has been able to improve welfare facilities for its 1,000 students, thanks to our support.

We have made a donation to the school as part of our ‘Future Story’ scheme, which aims to help the communities that surround our developments – in this case, St Edmund’s Manor in Sedgefield. The new development is based off Stockton Road and will consist of 80 high quality homes.

Sedgefield Community College has used the funding to provide external seating in two outdoor areas for its expanding student population to use in their recreational time.

Acknowledged as one of the North East’s highest achieving 11-16 schools and also featuring in the Sunday Times list of the UK’s top 50 11-16 schools, the Ofsted ‘outstanding’ school is now heavily oversubscribed. A 12-classroom annexe was added to its existing building, but while this provided increased capacity it did not provide much-needed external furniture.

Mr D. Davies, Headteacher at Sedgefield Community College, said: “We were delighted to receive this funding from Story Homes; it is important for students to have areas they can use in their free time to meet friends or study, so we were keen to address the lack of external seating.

“We were able to install the seating in time for the summer term, and it has been great to see so many of our students making use of the new benches already. I am sure that this will continue as the weather gets warmer, and we plan to continue to improve our recreational facilities to accommodate our growing number of students.”

Ian Worgan, Managing Director for Story Homes in the North East, commented: “Sedgefield Community College is very close to our St Edmund’s Manor development, and it is likely that many children who move into one of these homes will attend the school in future. In line with planning conditions we already make significant contributions towards education provision in the areas in which we build, but we are pleased to be able to offer this type of additional support to address the school’s particular requirement.”

We are now inviting charities and community groups to apply for sponsorship or donations. We accept applications all year round, with a regional committee reviewing submissions on a quarterly basis.