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Schools throughout the Portsmouth area have been invited to apply for funding for after school acitivities as part of a project set up by Mercury HR at Port Solent.. Adele Theobald of Mercury HR with Councillor Neil Young and school representatives (left to right back), Sam Way Redbarn Primary School, Sue West Thomas Medina Primary School, Steven Bullen Castle Primary, Sam Beckham Highbury Primary School, Ash Vaghella St Pauls Primary School, Mike Bowen Beacon View Primary School, and Maxinne Jones, Medina Primary School.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150228-1)
Schools throughout the Portsmouth area have been invited to apply for funding for after school acitivities as part of a project set up by Mercury HR at Port Solent.. Adele Theobald of Mercury HR with Councillor Neil Young and school representatives (left to right back), Sam Way Redbarn Primary School, Sue West Thomas Medina Primary School, Steven Bullen Castle Primary, Sam Beckham Highbury Primary School, Ash Vaghella St Pauls Primary School, Mike Bowen Beacon View Primary School, and Maxinne Jones, Medina Primary School.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150228-1)
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FUNDS have been awarded to schools throughout the area to give them the opportunity to run after school classes.

Mercury HR hosted its first annual Merc The Whale Awards to announce the winners of its funding competition.

The aim of the competition was to allow local schools to gain help in the form of funding to be used to create extracurricular actions.

As parents or single parents are having to work longer hours to provide for their families these after school activities are becoming increasingly essential.

Jacob Firth scheme co-ordinator said: ‘We wanted to help relieve the strain and stress from the parents, and provide a safe environment for any children waiting at the school gate.’

All ideas submitted by the schools were extracurricular classes that didn’t already take place during the usual timetable that would provide pupils fun yet educational exercises.

Adele Theobald founder of Mercury HR Group said: ‘As a working mum myself I understand the struggle that some parents have when it comes to balancing work with the school run and the impact that this has on children.

‘This is what drove us as a company to put together the initiative. I hope that we can build upon this year’s great response from schools.’

There were three awards up for grabs which were decided by a panel of judges including figures from local business’ and Portsmouth City Council, and special guest Neill Young – cabinet member for children & education

Medina Primary School was presented with the Whale Award for their extensive knowledge of their activity and involvement in starting the proposal.

The most creative prize went to the Red Barn Primary School, Fareham which was given the Challenge Award as it showed the most imagination and independence in fulfilling all the criteria.

Beacon View Primary School was granted the Mercury Award as it showed most initiative and co-operation in participating in the 
programme.