Maths boost thanks to Cottsway COmmunity Fund for Witney-based Our Lady of Lourdes School

Children get maths boost thanks to Cottsway

We have given a £1,800 grant to provide sessions to help boost maths for a group of children at a West Oxfordshire primary school.

The grant has been awarded from our Cottsway Community Fund to Oxfordshire-based charity Quest for Learning, which is running sessions to teach a ‘Numskills’ programme to group of Year 2 to Year 4 pupils at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Witney.

The 30-minute sessions are running from now until July and are designed to help the children improve their mental maths and calculation skills, while having fun with numbers and playing games.

Siân Renwick, Director of Quest for Learning, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to expand our Numskills teaching into West Oxfordshire thanks to the generosity of Cottsway, and are excited to be working with Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School.”

Jenny Walker, Principal of Our Lady of Lourdes, said: “The school and our Governors are really excited about this project and we’re very grateful for the funding from Cottsway which has made this happen.

“The sessions will provide extra support where it’s needed and will give an extra boost to the children. We know that they will benefit a lot from this and this is appreciated not only by the school, but by parents and carers too.”

Our Community Fund is a pot of money available for applications from projects which benefit the community, or which support an individual Cottsway resident – or their immediate family member – into employment or training.

Grants can be used to buy items of equipment, fund local events and one-off projects, training for the group to improve their services, printing and publicity, environmental projects and improvements. Individuals can apply for course costs, books and equipment to support learning and skills development.

Our Communities Manager Vicki Paxford said: “We’re very pleased to be funding this worthwhile project at a local primary school. We’ve allocated £20,000 from our Community Fund this year and this is helping to support 17 different groups, projects and individuals, helping us to reach out and make a difference in our local communities, which we’re very proud of.”

Applications to the Cottsway Community Fund are closed for this financial year but will reopen on 1 April for 2019-20.