Entrepreneurs raise funds for village academy

Dominic Walton, Harry and James Merridan and Matthew Franklin. NNL-150715-092612001
Dominic Walton, Harry and James Merridan and Matthew Franklin. NNL-150715-092612001

Pupils at Boddington C of E Voluntary School came up with a dizzying range of ideas to raise money at the primary’s Grow a Pound event.

In May each of the school’s 58 pupils were given £1 and asked think of ways to ‘grow’ this money at a marketplace style event in the playground after school on Friday.

Katherine Clarke. NNL-150715-093008001

Katherine Clarke. NNL-150715-093008001

The results were as spectacular as they were imaginative, with the budding entrepreneurs setting up a range of stalls including biscuit decorating, homemade elderflower squash, tombolas, badge-making and a lucky dip.

Some pupils even took it on themselves to undertake chores and jobs for other people.

Parents as well as local residents were encouraged to attend, taking advantage of the good weather to enjoy a BBQ as well as refreshments teas and coffees.

In total, the Grow a Pound event raised more than £560 for the school.

Violet and Lily Jones, Poppy Wilson and Emma Skinner. NNL-150715-093506001

Violet and Lily Jones, Poppy Wilson and Emma Skinner. NNL-150715-093506001

Lezanne New, secretary of Boddington C of E School’s Parent-Teacher Association, organised the event. She said: “It was amazing really – just like a little village fete. We involved locals from the village and even though this was our first time doing this as the PTA, it went really well.

“It taught them [pupils] the value of the money and they had fun going round the different stalls. It encourages creativity and really gets them involved.”

Headteacher Sue Laurence, added: “I think the PTA have done a fantastic job and we have some children who could one day appear on Dragon’s Den!

“I think they liked selling things and it was nice to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Josie Hilton and her father Ben at their juicing stall. The pair made more than ?50. NNL-150715-093154001

Josie Hilton and her father Ben at their juicing stall. The pair made more than ?50. NNL-150715-093154001

“We will ask the children first but we would like to use the money to upgrade our ICT, and improve our interactive white board or buy new laptops and Ipads.”

Boddington CE Voluntary School was given academy status in 2013. Headteacher Sue Laurence also leads Culworth C of E Primary Academy.

Isaac Turner at his tombola stall. NNL-150715-093642001

Isaac Turner at his tombola stall. NNL-150715-093642001