Firm steps up to offer extra support to schools

Support is being offered to schools
Support is being offered to schools
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SCHOOLS have been invited to apply for money for extra curricular activities thanks to a local firm.

Mercury HR, based in Port Solent, has set up a project, which involves the firm choosing a school to sponsor each term.

Twelve schools within the Fareham and Portsmouth area have been invited to apply for funding of between £100 and £1,000 to pay for activities taking place after school.

Tom Greenwood, Mercury HR recruitment and talent manager, said: ‘We already do quite a bit of work with the Education Business Partnership.

‘A lot of its work is based on secondary schools and we wanted to extend some of our help to the primary schools.

‘We were thinking about what we could do to help the pupils but also to help the parents. Sometimes it could be that it’s one less night of childcare that a parent has to pay for.

‘So it’s beneficial to parents and pupils.

‘The pupils may experience something different that the school couldn’t provide.’

So far, Wicor Primary School, Red Barn Community, Northern Juniors, Beaconview Primary, Highbury Primary, Court Lane Infants, Portsdown Primary, Solent Juniors and St Paul’s Roman Catholic School have expressed an interest.

Schools are asked to suggest activities which they don’t already run at the school.

It may be something that the school budget doesn’t cover.

Mr Greenwood added: ‘There is a degree of social responsibility.

‘We do feel that local businesses could do more for their local community.

‘You hear a lot of the big names but with local businesses and their community we do feel that more could be done, particularly with funding cuts and how difficult things are for schools. Children are the future after all.’

Teachers have been invited to explain how they would use the funding to benefit pupils and their families.

Children have also been invited to explain what they would like to do with the funding and to design their own mascot.