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Swadlincote school courtyard gets a spruce up to boost kids

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 17, 2013

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A SOUTH Derbyshire school was delighted to welcome workers from a construction firm to help renovate its courtyard.

The Pingle School, in Coronation Street, in Swadlincote, partnered up with the Chameleon School of Construction to revamp what was a neglected area of the school.

It now has been transformed into a beautiful kitchen garden in the heart of the school.

Pat Murray, from Chameleon, told the Mail: “We were originally an organisation that trained students in all aspects of building work.

“We quickly realised that there was a need in the community for these learners to practise their newly acquired skills.

“We appreciate Pingle giving this group of young people the opportunity to showcase their skills which are of a very high standard.

“As a result, an unused area of the school has been turned into a pleasant rest area for staff and students.

“What is really special about this area is that by creating raised beds with railway sleepers it has the dual purpose of providing seating but also a stock of herbs that are being used by the school kitchen in the meals provided at lunchtime.

“Through working on this type of project, the students gain the experience of working with a client so while they learn the practical side of the industry they are also gaining experience of the communication skills and problem solving skills that are required when working in a trade.

“The students all need to be hardworking, have determination but also have the belief in themselves and the projects at Pingle provided that opportunity.”

Teaching assistant Bridget Woods, who runs the gardening club, said: “The gardening club sees pupils from the learning support base as well as mainstream school learning a variety of new skills.

“The kitchen garden project was a great opportunity to work alongside Chameleon.”

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