Many of you will be aware that the school is now hosting an after school club run by Challenge Sport & Education, but how did this come about and why?

Bernard’s Heath Infant and Nursery School have always been keen to provide wrap around care for its children.  With an on-site Breakfast club established last year and numerous after school clubs there was already significant wrap around care in place that provides a breadth of opportunities for children to grow.  However, the Leadership Team and the Governors have always discussed if more could be done.

In light of this and the recent reality that schools need to look for opportunities to raise funds, the school engaged potential care providers who would be interested in running an after school club on the school premises (by hosting the club the school are able to raise funds via renting the premises to the provider).

The providers who were interested were asked to come to a pitch attended by selected staff and the Resources Committee Governors to give an overview of how they would run the club from an ‘child experience’ view point as well as an administrative point of view.  A number of factors were used to assess the providers and the school were lucky enough to have two strong proposals to choose from.  Challenge Sport & Education emerged from that process as the preferred provider and were then asked to a further meeting to run through more practical points.  Following that meeting it was agreed to proceed with Challenge Sport & Education.

Early feedback from the after school club was given at the Full Governing Body meeting on 1st April, at which it was highlighted there have been a few tears from children – tears when their grown-ups have come to collect them and take them away!!  So the early signs are very encouraging.