Launching the #iWill project to create an outdoor community space

We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to create and deliver a sustainable #iwill project here at Six Villages.

The academy will receive £17,000 over two years to implement this, generously funded by the Big Lottery and Ormiston Trust. The project will be developed through student voice and the funding will encourage the students to develop a sustainable social action project which will make a positive difference to others.

We have based our #iwill social action project on the creation of an outdoor education area with an outdoor classroom and seating, on a patch of our campus behind the MUGA that is currently overgrown wasteland. There will be space to construct raised beds and allotment areas that can be built and worked on to grow fruit and vegetables.

Our students will fundraise, campaign and volunteer to transform this area into a beautiful community garden and education space that will be used by our students, pupils from our feeder schools and the wider community.

The success of the project will depend on volunteering, raising extra funds and developing sustainable partnerships within the wider community that will help to create the ‘triple benefit’ of social action; a benefit to our pupils through developing key socio-emotional skills, a benefit to the community through making a positive difference to others and thus numerous potential benefits to the Academy itself.

Our vision is that the project will benefit not only our students but the community as well so we are looking for support from parents, carers and local businesses. We are grateful for the support offered to us so far from Eric Wall Ltd, outdoor education consultant Jo Hatton from LEAF - Linking Environment and Farming, as well as the advice offered from our governor and Enterprise Co-ordinator, Kelly Parkhouse.

If you feel that you could support us in any way, be it by offering your time to help clear the area, donate suitable materials or plants, or simply volunteer some time to help build and develop the area then we would love to hear from you. Maybe you have relevant skills that maybe useful? Or you could help us fundraise? All donations of time and resources will be gratefully received.

Please contact the project leads, Mrs Penny Bridges or Mr Chris Marsh if you can help in any way.



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Project Leaders

Mr C Marsh
Mrs P Bridges

Please contact either of the two project leaders if you are a business or individual who would like to volunteer to help create the space, fundraise, or can donate resources or materials to help our pupils with this fantastic project.