Not long left to win cash for your school

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THERE are just a few days left for schools to enter a competition to win a share of a £6,000 prize for projects to develop their facilities.

It could be for new PE equipment, IT facilities or used to create an allotment.

The cash is being offered through The News School Build Challenge.

Launched with construction firms Warings and Leadbitter, prizes of work to the value of £3,000 for the winner, £2,000 for the runner-up and £1,000 to the third-placed school are on offer.

The money is being offered to primary schools across the area to support projects.

Caroline Regan, deputy headteacher at Westover Primary School in Portsmouth, wants the cash to develop the school barn.

It allows the children to learn outside whatever the weather – but it’s in desperate need of a new roof as it could collapse.

She said: ‘It’s an opportunity for the children to work with people outside of education.

‘We have done some partnerships with people in industry before.

‘We could make very good use of the money.

‘This would have an enormous impact on our learning provision both in terms of storage and activities offered.

‘We want the children to be involved in the consideration of materials and construction and wonder whether solar panels may be a consideration.’

To enter the competition, please write a maximum of 250 words explaining what you would like to have for your school within the budget.

The entries will be sent in to The News and a panel of judges will narrow them down to a short list.

Send your entries to Promotions, The News, The News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.

Alternatively, you can also email your entry directly to

The closing date for all entries is midday on Monday.