Princes Risborough School (PRS) Awarded Grant from the Ministry of Defence Education Support Fund

Princes Risborough School recently welcomed Group Captain Rob Woods, the Royal Air Force High Wycombe Station Commander, to assist in opening a Ministry of Defence funded (MOD) project.

The Ministry of Defence Education Support Fund was created to assist publicly funded schools, to help mitigate the effects of mobility or deployment on their Service communities.

Although its primary focus is toward Service children, one of the key criteria of the Fund is that the Bid should benefit all students. So, in September 2016 the school placed a ‘tentative’ bid to redevelop a barren area of land, to provide not only a ‘covered area’ for pastoral and restorative purposes, but also to regenerate the surrounding landscape with a ‘multi-purpose’ surface.

In January 2017, we received the amazing news that PRS had been awarded £33,300 to achieve this task! Preparatory clearance work started in early June – to show ‘value for money’ and to ensure this project was an organic process, our Construction students were involved from the outset ensuring the area was cleared before our contractors started work in late July. On behalf of the MOD, Group Captain Woods was invited to commemorate this event and to show our appreciation to the MOD for providing the funds.

‘This is a fantastic project and one that I’m pleased to endorse – the fact that the kids have also had an input from the beginning and that the plaque was designed and produced by PRS is a brilliant initiative! I’m really pleased that the MOD has been able to support the school in this way.’

– Group Captain Rob Woods