Construction works start at Foljambe Primary School

Construction works start at Foljambe Primary School

Foljambe Primary School’s campus rebuild has now started and the scaffolding is up ready for the first few stages of the project. 

The roofers have been in over this week to start the extensive roof works and get the ball rolling with the construction. 

Beverley Tate-Brier, Headteacher at Foljambe Primary School said: “The building has suffered from many years of neglect and our children deserve better – we can’t wait to give them and their families an environment they deserve.”

Take a look at some of the photos of the building works below.

We’ll be giving timely updates at each stage of the build – keep an eye out on our website and socials.

Lucas Receives the First TGA Pledge Award for Active Citizenship

Lucas Receives the First TGA Pledge Award for Active Citizenship

Last Friday, The Gainsborough Academy Year 7 student, Lucas Artiss was presented with the first TGA Pledge Award for Active Citizenship by our CEO, Helen O’Brien. 

We are all enormously proud of Lucas, who has now raised over £1600 for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC) by walking over 30,000 steps each day in March – spanning a distance of 412 miles! The charity is one close to Lucas’ heart as he dreams of becoming a pandemic when he’s older, and has previously supported the UK’s ambulance service through his generosity and kindness. 

Headteacher, Mrs Leng and Lucas’ mum was also present when Lucas received his award. 

Anna Leng, Headteacher at The Gainsborough Academy said: “We are extremely proud of Lucas and his wonderful efforts to raise money for such an excellent cause. He is really embodying our Academy Gainsborough Way.”

Lucas said: “It’s been a tough challenge and there are days when I’m so tired, but then I think of all the money raised so far and how much of a difference it will make to the ambulance staff who need help, and I know every step is worth it. If we let our ambulance staff fall then who is going to be there to pick us up if we fall? We must look after our heroes!” 

Julie Artiss, Lucas’ Mum added: Lucas has been outstanding; he has never once failed to reach his target and he just got on with doing his steps without me having to push him. All the time throughout his challenge, he has been completing all his school work and homework too. I really cannot praise him enough for his dedication and effort.”

Launched in 2015, TASC is the national charity dedicated to charity for those who care for us and provides mental, physical and financial wellbeing support and advice to help ensure the UK’s lifesaving ambulance community is strong, healthy and ready to be there for the us when we need them. As well as serving and retired ambulance staff, the charity also supports the family members of ambulance staff, Paramedic Science students from year two onwards and current ambulance service volunteers such as Community First Responders.

Jasmin Rana, TASC’s Director of Income Generation and Supporter Engagement said: “Lucas is one of our youngest fundraisers ever, and we’re so excited and grateful that he did the challenge to raise vital funds for TASC. Ambulance staff have one of the most stressful jobs in the UK, and the continuing and long-term impacts of Coronavirus are making their job that much harder. With the support of people like Lucas, TASC can continue to be there for the UK’s lifesavers when they’re struggling and need a bit of help themselves.”

Congratulations to our Easter 2021 selfie/photo competition winners!

Congratulations to our Easter 2021 selfie/photo competition winners!

Over the Easter holidays, we held an Easter selfie/photo competition, which was open to all students across our primary and secondary schools. The challenge was to take an Easter themed selfie or photo and send it in to us with a caption. 

We had some great entries and we can now reveal our top five, who have all received their Easter egg prize and certificate.

Drum roll please… 🥁

1st place: Freddie Parker and Rosie Grace Parker – Monkwood Primary School

Freddie and Rosie Grace got into the Easter spirit this year and helped organise an Easter bunny visit and bonnet competition for their local community on the Wickets Estate. 

Well done Freddie and Rosie Grace!

2nd place: Courtney Newton – Clifton Community School

Courtney designed and painted this fantastic hand-made chocolate bunny costume using materials from around the house!

3rd place: Jacob Campbell – Aston Lodge Primary School

A very Easter-y entry from Jacob!

4th place: Dylan Sharman & Eve Sharman

‘Eggcited for an eggcellent Easter’ – Dylan and Eve even made an Easter tree!

5th place: Lily Greaves – Rawmarsh Community School

‘The picture of the foal represents new life/reproduction’


Congratulations to all of our winners, and a big thank you to all students and their families who took part. 

Keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for our next competition!

Foljambe Primary School students temporarily join Thrybergh Primary School during campus rebuild

Foljambe Primary School students temporarily join Thrybergh Primary School during campus rebuild

Just before the Easter holidays, all students at Foljambe Primary School made the temporary move to Thrybergh Primary School whilst construction works take place for the Foljambe campus rebuild. 

The move will accommodate Foljambe students until the building works are completed.

The planned works for the rebuild include: 

  • Extensive roof works and the installation of cladding
  • Demolition of the building to the front of the school and construction of new building and corridor
  • Full electrical rewire of the whole site which will include new LED lighting throughout
  • Installation of new boilers/water heaters
  • Full refurbishment of all classrooms, communal areas and toilet blocks
  • Installation of new outdoor provisions in KS1 and Foundation Stage including a multi-use games area

Mrs Tate-Brier, Headteacher at Foljambe Primary School said: “So far during our time with Wickersley Partnership Trust, we’ve made some fantastic achievements. However, something that’s been clear that can’t be sorted with some WPT magic and Adrian Barnes’ paintbrushes is the building, which has suffered from years of neglect.

“We can’t wait for the building works to be completed to give our children and their families the environment they deserve.”

Mr Nicholson, Assistant Headteacher at Foljambe Primary School added: “We’ve been granted a sum of money from the Department for Education to move our school into the 21st century, providing our school with the very best facilities. For this to happen, we’ve had to make some short-term changes with our friends at Thrybergh Primary School during the spring and summer terms. 

“We want the very best for the children at Foljambe and we’re going to give them this.”

Mrs Parry-McDermott, Headteacher at Thrybergh Primary School said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our two schools and the community to come together. Whilst at Thrybergh, the children will benefit from a wealth of experiences and expertise from staff across both schools who have been working collaboratively together for many months.

“During this time of integration, students will have as little disruption as possible, with most children being taught by a familiar face, and learning alongside their peers.”

Watch the full consultation video here: 

We will be posting regular updates of the progression of the build – keep an eye out on our social media platforms and website.