Ingoldsby Academy unveils new interactive sensory garden

A brand new sensory garden has been unveiled at Grantham’s Ingoldsby Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, thanks to a team of teenage volunteers. The sensory garden has been designed to encourage further stimulation of all five senses within young pupils.

A team of 16 young members of the National Citizen Service, a scheme that aims to help young people develop new skills, meet new people and contribute to a community project, held a number of action-packed fundraising activities in order to create the garden. The new space will support the development of outdoor education within the primary school, which is based just a few miles from Grantham.

The group raised an incredible £700 in total, which helped to purchase paint, brushes, plants and ornamental features. They have since constructed the tranquil garden, which features a number of flowers, shrubs and other landscape structures. In order to raise funds, participants held a large bake sale, a prize raffle draw and took part in a bag-packing scheme at a local Morrisons supermarket.

Alice Davies, a student from Charles Read Academy, part of the David Ross Education Trust, has been involved with the project from the very beginning. She said: “Fundraising for the garden and creating it was a great opportunity to provide Ingoldsby Academy with additional support. I have really enjoyed working on this project and it is a great feeling to see the garden complete after all of our hard work.”

Melanie Capes, Associate Principal at Ingoldsby Academy, said: “Ingoldsby Academy is a happy and hardworking school, where we are committed to fostering a spirit of community and working with others. It has been wonderful to see this group of young people from the local community giving their time and energy to support our school. 

“The sensory garden will provide a therapeutic way for our children, especially those with additional needs, to explore their senses and learn about the environment around them.

“Many thanks to the National Citizen Service for supporting this project. The creation of this incredible space would not have been possible without their kind support.” 

BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY 

As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Ingoldsby Academy is at the centre of its local community, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere and embracing the values of community support.

The Trust aims to provide every child with a world-class education by focusing on delivering high standards of attainment and achievement, whilst raising confidence and self-esteem amongst individuals. Alongside providing academic excellence, building a strong community encourages pupils to leave school as well-rounded individuals and valued members of society.

Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies at the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Community is at the heart of our Trust at every level. Alongside an array of inspirational partnerships through the Trust’s enrichment programme, students are encouraged to show commitment to the communities that we serve and embrace these inspirational opportunities. 

“Our involvement with local communities helps young people to give back to the neighbourhood and learn to empathise with others. It is particularly good to see that students from Charles Read Academy and Lodge Park Academy are participating in regular activities and making positive contributions to their local community.”