Housebuilder's cash boost for school's

Housebuilder Bloor Homes has donated £1,000 to help Wimborne First school give its new library the "wow factor"

The school is moving from its current home on School Lane to a brand-new purpose-built facility off Cranborne Road in September.

The new building, which is being delivered as part of Bloor Homes’ Wimborne Chase development, will increase the school’s capacity to 500 pupils, and the school is trying to raise £5,000 so it can stock its new library with around 1,000 new books.

The fundraising bid has been given a major boost by Bloor Homes’ donation and the school is planning a series of fundraising events to help reach its target.

Sarah Hartley, Headteacher at Wimborne First School, said: “We are very excited about the move to our brand-new school building and we really want our new library to have the wow factor when the pupils and their parents see it for the first time.

“The library will have a spectacular S-shaped booked shelf which we are hoping to fill with around a thousand new books covering all the topics taught to our pupils from Reception to Year Four.
“We are extremely grateful to Bloor Homes for their generous donation, which has helped our fundraising get off to a fantastic start. The children were absolutely delighted when we told them the news and they have already started planning which books to buy.”

Bloor Homes is building 630 homes at Wimborne Chase as well as a new local centre, public open space and allotments. The land for the new school was provided by the developer, which is also making financial contributions towards the cost of its construction through the Section 106 legal agreement for the development. 

Luke Southgate, Regional Sales Director at Bloor Homes Southern, said: “We are proud to be supporting Wimborne First School’s fundraising appeal for new library books. Reading and storytelling is so important for young children, helping them to develop good communication and vocabulary skills, as well as sparking their imaginations. 

“We hope our donation will help the school to reach its fundraising target and enable it to purchase a wide range of books for the benefit of new and existing pupils.”

For more information about Wimborne First School’s fundraising appeal and how to donate, contact Shartley@wimbornefirst.dorset.sch.uk