Supporting the younger generation

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Raddlebarn Primary School is an inner city school at the heart of the diverse and exciting community of Selly Oak. The pupils come from near and far, are welcome and happy. Raddlebarn has a high number of children who have special educational needs, children for whom English is a second language and also a high percentage of families who qualify for the pupil premium. The school has a great reputation for enabling these children with specific needs. They put a lot of time, energy and money into supporting these families, indeed all the families at school. Helping them with emotions, behaviour, language, learning and more. As the Parent Teacher Association, ‘The Friends of Raddlebarn’ work hard to support the school in this ethos and to help enhance the children’s school life. We support this great work by paying for special events, or particular equipment. We hold events which welcome both our families and the wider community. As we are not a wealthy area, these events are often free or at a minimal cost. From school fetes, to coffee mornings, car boot sales to community days, plant sales to quiz nights. We are applying for the Aviva Community Fund as we would like to give the school community a new ‘Happy House’ in the playground. The playground itself is very concrete and the existing shelter has well and truly had it.

The Happy House could be used in many ways during the school day. Many of the children who benefit from individual work with staff are happiest and work best, out of the classroom setting, especially outdoors. The Happy House could be their haven, when the weather isn’t so good or they need to sit and chat. For all the children at school it could be an outdoor classroom. Raddlebarn is an old Victorian school which is full to capacity and bursting at the seams. The opportunity to head to the Happy House a few times a week will be refreshing and of benefit to the staff and the children. At playtimes it could be a quiet zone, for children who want to be outside, but who don’t wish to play football or kiss chase… yes they still play it!

The school also runs a very popular breakfast and afterschool club, Funshine. These children would maximise on the Happy House. They have an extended school day so to have a special outdoor space after school is essential. They need somewhere to relax and unwind after a day in the classroom. They would love somewhere to feel a bit more ‘free’.
The ‘Happy House’ would also provide a pleasant area for refreshments for the events mentioned earlier, Community Days, car-boots etc. but we would also like to launch new events. ‘My Memories Morning’, for past pupils and local residents, to have a cuppa share memories and reminisce. This would be particular beneficial for our elderly neighbours who have great stories to share yet can feel very lonely just on the doorstep of our busy school. ‘Welcome Weekenders’ would be mornings for new families to the school and often the country. We have many international families, both students and lecturers at the University of Birmingham but also refugees and asylum seekers. The ‘Welcome Weekenders’ would be an opportunity to chat outside of the school day and share both the practicalities of living in our community and all the wonderful things Selly Oak and Birmingham has to offer. As well as chatting we would do a bit of practical work in the playground, weeding, painting fences and keeping our Happy House spick and span. Everyone can be involved, everyone can feel they ‘belong’.

The video shows what we have now. The images show how happy the children will be if successful, work the children have done around this, why we love Selly Oak, what the space is like now and what we dream of having! A grant of £10000 could give us this dream.

We hope people will vote for our project as it will enrich the life of 500 children and their families, 50 staff and numerous people, young and old from our wonderful Selly Oak community. Thank you

Project Video

Friends of Raddlebarn

Moment of Pride

We are proud of the school’s sense of community and its place at the heart of the vibrant, diverse and caring neighbourhood of Selly Oak. The ‘Happy House’ would provide us all with many ‘Happy Hours’. It would be enjoyed and a symbol of the work The Friends do to improve school and community life

Location: Birmingham