School is benefitting from bank’s charity support

Working together: families with shields they have made as part of the FAST project ' the Dochertys, Mahers, Turners and the Rileys
Working together: families with shields they have made as part of the FAST project ' the Dochertys, Mahers, Turners and the Rileys

A HALIFAX school is benefitting from a partnership between Lloyds Banking Group and Save the Children.

The charity’s FAST (Families and Schools Together) project is supported by the bank.

And Abbey Park Primary School, Illingworth, is the first to be funded with money donated by Lloyds.

The project for three to six-year-olds aims to encourage parents’ engagement in learning at home.

Families are taking part in activities such as cooking a meal, reading and games in school every Monday.

Once the eight-week project ends on July 11 it is hoped the activities will continue at home.

Deputy head teacher Susan Barraclough said the scheme provided many benefits.

“It has given us a unique opportunity to build a relationship between school and our children’s families,” she said.

“Parents are becoming empowered and a strong parent group is beginning to have a positive impact in school already.

“Lloyds Banking Group has played a very active role in financing and in helping to deliver the programme.”

Bank HR manager Jackie Carey is part of the community team from Lloyds helping the school.

“It is great to see how families are progressing and how the school, parents and community partners have established working relationships that will ensure the programme is a great success.”

The FAST programme has proved a success in the US where it boosts children’s school performance and behaviour.