Grove Road Community Primary School have given an update on their current situation following the ‘overwhelming response’ they received to their emergency appeal last month.

Bubble closures at the Harrogate school at the beginning of November meant that approximately 140 children and several members of staff were forced to self-isolate for 14 days, casting several families into crisis.

And now the school and their families are thriving following the generous support they received from the Harrogate community.

Grove Road

We at Your Harrogate paid a visit to Grove Road Community Primary School to help with their Emergency Appeal last month.

The Appeal

Grove Road put out an appeal via social media initially for donations to help support the families who were self-isolating, requesting donations of food, ICT equipment for online learning and small gifts that could be given to the children to help them through such a challenging period.

The food donations that the school then received were made available to families who receive Free School Meals and also to any family who, due to sudden changes in circumstances as a result of the new restrictions, found themselves struggling but might not be able to access Free School Meals.

Impact on School Community

The initial appeal was to support families for a 2-week period; however the generosity of the local community has meant that they have been able to support not only the school, but also other local Harrogate Schools who may have families in need of additional support.

Grove Road have continued to provide food hampers to the most vulnerable families throughout November and December.

They also received some ICT equipment, and cash donations for ICT equipment, that is being set up for school use and will be loaned to any child who needs to self-isolate and doesn’t have adequate access to devices to allow them to take part in online learning.

When is it not required for home learning, it will be used in school as part of Grove Road’s catch up programme.

Grove Road Emergency Appeal

The overwhelming response to Grove Road’s appeal for food last month.

Following the overwhelming response and success of the appeal, Grove Road would like to thank:

  • Morrisons for their donation of toys
  • Oakdale Golf Club for their donation of toys
  • Susie and COVID-Cooperation Harrogate Group for their donation of toys
  • Olivers Fish Shop and Restaurant – for their donation of vouchers for Free School Meal Children
  • Premier Support Services, Veritas Education Recruitment and CNG Switch for their donation of vouchers for local retailers through Gift Back this Christmas. These vouchers will be distributed to families across the school
  • Taylors of Harrogate & Betty’s – For their donation
  • NEOM Organics – For their donation of tablets for home learning
  • Anomaly leisure for their donation towards food hampers
  • Kings Convenience store for their donation
  • Sharon Canvar from Harrogate International Festivals for who raised nearly £2000 in contributions from local businesses for the food donations
  • VQ Apprenticeships who provided 2 Chromebooks for home learning
  • And all the people in the local community who have made donations

Grove Road Headteacher Mr Parkhouse said:

“We are incredibly proud of our skilled and dedicated staff team who have worked so hard this term.

“We know that Team GR go over and above on a daily basis but a special mention goes to Mrs Cawte, Parent Support Advisor and learning mentor, and her team of helpers who have wrapped over 400 presents and offered support to all our children and families this Christmas.

“The kindness and encouragement from the local community has been overwhelming, the generosity and volume of donations, has made a huge difference to the Grove Road family and we are incredibly grateful to everyone who has contributed.”

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