With a donation of £942 from Tarmac, Buxton Community School, in Derbyshire, has been able to encourage ‘more bums on seats’, not inside, but outside of the classroom.
Buxton Community School was founded in 1973 when it was initially an upper boys’ school, until 1993 when it became a combined site for mixed pupils aged 11 to 18.
As the school experienced increasing student numbers, its management team sought out funding towards eight new benches for an outdoor space to enable pupils to spend quality time outside between lessons, promoting positive mental wellbeing.
Thanks to the Tarmac donation, students can now sit down and take in the fresh air, accompanied by the sights and surroundings the school has to offer of trees, greenery and pretty landscaping.
Peter Butterworth, lime director at Tarmac’s nearby Tunstead site, added: “Being able to help Buxton Community School was a great opportunity to give back to a local school and their students, who will benefit from the new benches. Mental health and wellbeing are very important, and I believe this contribution will have a positive effect on the school, pupils, and local community.”
Christina Warrington, assistant headteacher at Buxton Community School, said: “The new benches have been a welcome addition and have massively improved the outside areas for students. It is lovely that they now have space to sit outside and socialise with their friends during their free time.
“They also proved a popular location for students revising and prepping for GCSE and A Level exams in the summer term which was great for all the school community to see. I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Tarmac for their generous donation.”