Primary School Enrichment Grants

We have typically allocated grants through three channels – our small grants of £500 which we award 3 times a year, our partnership grants offering funding for projects over a longer period of time, and our Colin Sayers ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ grants which give an extra helping hand to community groups in need. 

In the past few years, East Brighton Trust has recently become increasingly aware of the need for different kinds of provision for some of the people living in the areas we support. In 2017, parents, teachers and headteachers across Brighton & Hove launched the ‘Save Our Schools’ campaign to oppose austerity measures which are cutting £11.5 million from education in Brighton and Hove and £3 billion to schools nationwide. On the frontline, schools are painfully experiencing the effects of these cuts, with funding being drastically cut and art, music and sport provision being cut back or lost entirely.

It is in this respect that East Brighton Trust realised we could step in to provide some assistance where it is particularly needed. We therefore launched our Enrichment Grants to provide local primary schools with grants to fund some of the extra-curricular activity that they could not afford to fund themselves. The name “Enrichment Grants” reflects the nature of the activities the grant will fund – things that will enrich pupils’ educational experience and consequently their lives.

Moulsecoomb Primary School

East Brighton Trust are supporting the school with £10,000 per year for 3 years to pay for things like the breakfast club, after school club and day trips.

Each class was assigned a proportion of the grant to make sure the money was well distributed across the whole school and the individual classes could then choose how best to spend their share of the funds.

Some of the things funded have included: residential trips, heritage activities, samba band sessions, theatre trips, residetial trips, bus tickets for day trips, a sewing project, stone age workshops, toddler group & the nursery “Rhyme and Shine” group.

Trips have included Blacklands Farm activity centre, Drusillas Park, Spring Barn Farm, Legoland, London museums and theatre, Washbrook Farm, Fishbourne Roman Palace the British Airways i360 and Brighton seafront. 

In May 2019 we were thrilled to be invited to the opening of the new library at Moulsecoomb Primary School which includes a secret treehouse reading area. You can see pictures of the library below as well as some of the other events at the school which we have helped fund. 

Children's Parade at Brighton Festival

"I just wanted to write to say a massive thank you from all of us here at Moulsecoomb Primary School; the enrichment grant you have given us over the past three years has allowed us to give countless experiences to our children that we would have otherwise been unable to. These have included theatre trips, outdoor learning experiences, sporting events and participation, musical activities and rich residentials. The money has also allowed us to contribute to a purposeful local community and to link with brilliant projects such as The Bevy and the Forest Garden Project. We have also been able to fund opportunities with the local Universities and businesses across Brighton and Hove.
I look forward to being able to work together in the future and to continue to give our children better lives."

Moulsecoomb Primary School Headteacher Adam Sutton 

St Mark's Primary School

St Mark's Primary School used the first installment of their Enrichment Grant to pay for child-sized outdoor gym equipment for pupils at the school. Not only does the equipment allow the children to get outside in the fresh air to play and take exercise but it also has an impact inside the classroom in the form of improved motor skills.  Funding for the second year went towards a secret garden library. 

Mini gym equipment at St Mark's Primary School Brighton

"The garden space has provided the children with a chance to spend time in a quiet, calm outdoor environment, which offers sensory experiences with the plants and a forest school area which encourages the children to learn and explore the wildlife. The space is a haven of calm, where the children can feel removed from worries."

St Mark's Primary School Headteacher Jane Fendley