The Reading Retreat at Stoneydown

Please help us transform a gloomy school shelter into a Reading Retreat - a library and cosy space to be used by pupils and the local community to boost literacy, host English language booster meetings and provide a sanctuary from the stress of the playground for pupils with additional needs.

We would love Jewson to support our plans to convert a gloomy shelter in our school playground into a Reading Retreat. The new room will create a library and chill-out space for pupils and somewhere for the wider community to gather for coffee mornings to improve their English.

We should win this prize because this new space will benefit not only hundreds of children but also the wider community. With a focus on reading and improving English this space will play a huge part in helping to bring people from different backgrounds together.

As well as being really useful the space will look amazing too. With an architect on board we will create a space with a real wow factor which will inspire other community groups and schools to think big when embarking on a building project.

This project was conceived by children on our school council. We have involved parents in the discussion and they have really got behind the project, fundraising through bake sales, raffles etc. However every penny we save on materials donated by Jewson will mean more money for books and furniture. We are confident we will get 1000+ parents plus grandparents, neighbours etc involved in supporting our bid should we make it through to the next round.

About the Reading Retreat:
Having a space away from the hubbub of the playground is important for all children and will create a relaxing, safe alternative space for children to come when playtime becomes overwhelming. The space will particularly benefit children:

- suffering from bereavement
- with challenging home life situations
- with learning difficulties or special needs/disabilities

Stoneydown Park Primary school is based in Walthamstow, East London and over 66 percent of pupils arrive at either nursery or reception unable to speak English. With so many children playing catch up on English encouraging a love for reading isn’t just important at our school it is essential. The space will also be used for coffee mornings which bring together parents who are native English speakers and parents wishing to improve their spoken English.

The space will be open outside school hours - breakfast and after school club, lunchtimes and to the school holiday playscheme. During class time parents will use the space for coffee mornings.

About the building project:
In terms of the building project we are working with local architects and carpenters to convert the space into a room which can be used year-round. On the advice of a structural engineer we are using the existing steel frame from a 9m x 5m shelter attached to the main school building to hang a new screen of cladding and a polycarbonate roof. Along with doors and some windows this will create a 45 sqm room which will have decking for the floor and built in seating and shelves. Working with the architect and building control at the local authority we will ensure the space meets all the necessary legal and safety requirements. Drawing will be available from June 2018.

The brief is that the space should be weather-proof and secure so that foxes and vandals cannot gain access. However the architects and carpenters are thinking big and we hope to create a really special space which is visually interesting and flooded with light from above. This project started as a glorified shed but has developed into a mini Grand Design and we are really excited to see the finished result.

Materials we are requesting from Jewson:
300m x REDWOOD TREATED DECKING FSC 32 X 150 X 4800MM / CODE FR321548
Wood screws - assorted sizes
EPDM roofing rubber: 80-90m
20 sheets x Polycarbonate sheet 16mm
4 x small standard casement windows e.g. 625w x 1045h
1 x Patio door 1200x2100