Housebuilder’s books donation marks start of a new chapter for village school

Housebuilder’s books donation marks start of a new chapter for village school

A school which is set to benefit from new purpose-built premises as part of plans for a new garden village in Cambridgeshire has been given support by the housebuilder involved in the scheme.

Bellway Eastern Counties, which has acquired land to build new homes at Kennett Garden Village, has given £1,000 to Kennett Primary School for library books, as well as a set of hi-vis jackets for the children to wear when they walk to the village field.

The new garden village, which lies approximately five miles north-east of Newmarket and has outline planning permission, is planned to comprise 500 new homes including 150 affordable properties, alongside the new school, green open space and community infrastructure.

Kennett Primary School headteacher Scott Horsley, said: “This donation is absolutely fantastic and will increase the range of books we have on offer at our school; this, in turn, will support our children with their learning across the full curriculum.

“The money will allow us to provide a wide variety of books, including stories that celebrate a diverse range of characters, themes and plots.  This will ensure that our library represents and celebrates people from different backgrounds and walks of life; inclusion is really important to us here at Kennett.”

The hi-vis jackets will be used by all age groups to push the slogan – be safe, be seen.

Scott continued: “The hi-vis jackets will have a number of uses, primarily for pupils on school trips, as well as for our children to wear when walking to the village field or learning using the local context.

“The Kennett site does not have a playing field, so children walk to the village field, accompanied by their teachers. These bright jackets will help to ensure that this journey continues to be a safe one.”

Kennett Primary School has been a part of the local community since 1865 and caters for children from pre-school up to year 6. New premises for the school and new school playing fields are planned within Kennett Garden Village.

Land buyer for Bellway Eastern Counties, Sophie Kendal, said: “We are really pleased to be working closely with the school and able to help the children whilst they wait for their new premises to be built.

“We hope they enjoy their new books and can stay safe and seen in their hi-vis jackets.”

Bellway Eastern Counties is planning to build 500 new homes at Kennett Garden Village, comprising 250 Bellway homes at The Ferns at Kennett Garden Village and a further 250 homes under the Ashberry Homes brand at Lark’s Place at Kennett Garden Village.

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