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Break times transformed at Chelmsford school

12th March 2018

Break times have been transformed for pupils at a special school in Chelmsford with the installation of a new outdoor shelter.

Pupils at Columbus School and College, which is one of the largest Special Educational Needs Schools in the country, will now be able to enjoy the outdoors for their breaks and therapy sessions whatever the weather, thanks to a grant of £4,995.

Columbus School cares for and educates children and young people from the age of three to 19 who have severe and complex needs, many with life limiting conditions and Autism. Due to their vulnerabilities, not all pupils were able to go outside every day, especially if it was raining or very sunny.

The Friends of Columbus School and College, a registered charity made up of parents, carers and supporters, applied to ECF for the projects costs. The Friends group meets regularly and raises money for projects that cannot be met from the school’s set budget.

Karen Clark, Principal of Columbus School and College, said: We are so grateful for the wonderful shelter in our Early Years’ playground.  The students have already enjoyed the benefits of this gift.  We are ecstatic to have been awarded this grant, as break times are a valuable learning and social time.  Having access to this outside space will improving their physical and emotional wellbeing and open them up to new learning opportunities.”

ECF manages 150 charitable funds and is always pleased to hear from voluntary groups and charities in Essex that are looking for funding to help them with their work. For more information or to apply for a grant, call ECF on 01245 356018.