New plans for an outdoor forest school in Beckenham

PUBLISHED: 14:02 28 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:40 05 October 2016

Children from Balgowan at the field site for their new forest school

Children from Balgowan at the field site for their new forest school


Balgowan Primary School has been nominated to receive valuable funding from a Tesco scheme

A Beckenham primary school has received a grant to help create a new forest school for children to learn outside.

Balgowan School has won a successful bid and will be one of the first community organisations to receive a grant to help create the new site on Balgowan’s field on Westbury Road, which is currently used for sports and a 15 minute walk away from the school.

The new outdoor site will mean children at Balgowan will have regular access to outside learning and play away from the main school site, and will be opened up to other local community organisations to use in future.

The school won the bid as part of the Tesco Bags of Help scheme, which is awarding community projects grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

But in order for Balgowan to receive the full award of £12,000, the local community will need to vote for the school at participating Tesco stores in the Bromley area between October 31 and November 13. Customers will receive a voting token in store where they can vote for the Balgowan forest school initiative.

Headteacher at Balgowan, Maria Veysey said: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop an inspiring and creative outdoor space that will benefit the children, staff and the local community.”

Balgowan Primary School is based on Balgowan Road in Beckenham and has been established since 1920. It is a three-form entry school with 674 pupils in attendance.

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