At Hannah More we are very proud of our links with local businesses and recognise the wealth of learning opportunities, support and expertise these partnerships offer to our school. We are excited about new links with the Engine Shed and Year 6 children have hugely enjoyed their visits there.
A dedicated group of ‘Reading Buddies’ and 'Number Partners' come to school every week throughout the year, to read or explore maths problems with children. These volunteers come from Deloitte, Coutts and Revenue and Customs. Some of our buddies have been reading with children for over a decade! We are also very grateful to Deloitte for their sponsorship of school trips and for funding 'New Arrivals' books in the Hub.
We have also developed links with construction companies working in our local area and were extremely pleased to receive very generous funding from Wates Giving, to completely renovate our Sunflower room. A subsequent partnership with Keir Construction meant that they completely renovated our 'More 4 Kids Club' room in summer 2019. We have also had help from Galliford Try, who have lent us a handyman to help with lots of tasks around school.
We have links with Burges Salmon. They regularly provide teams of volunteers to help with particular tasks and run festive craft afternoons. They have lent us training rooms, enabling our 'Bridging Gaps' cultural competence trainers to run exciting events. We have been grateful for all the Bonfire night volunteers and lunchtime gardening volunteers as well.
Last year we also built a link with Turner and Townsend. They work with Year 3 classes on a special literacy project, supported by the National Literacy Trust. This lovely experience is running again in 2020 - it helps to boost children's reading as well as providing classes with new and exciting books.