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Take a seat – schools and charities benefit from our furniture giveaway

Date 7.11.2018

Schools and charities have benefited from the University of Northampton’s move to a new campus, after it gave away more than 200 pieces of furniture that were deemed surplus to requirements.

The University’s relocation to Waterside Campus in September saw it close its old Park Campus in Kingsthorpe and part-close its St George’s Avenue site.

Unwanted furniture from the old sites, including tables, desks, chairs and filing cabinets, has been donated to 25 schools and two charities in Northamptonshire.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, in Corby, received lockable storage units, a display case, chairs and desks, which are all being put to good use at its Patrick Road site.

Pupils from the school are pictured.

Headteacher, Louise Blair, said: “We are extremely grateful to the University of Northampton for its very kind donation. With the current constraints on school finances, we would have otherwise struggled to do this. This donation was very well received by us all here at St Patrick’s and has enabled us to update some of our areas within our school.”

Tim Dobson, Head of Schools Engagement at the University, said: “It has been absolutely fantastic to be able to provide schools with equipment to improve their learning and teaching spaces, which we hope will have a positive effect on their children’s learning. The communication between the schools and the University throughout this opportunity has helped to strengthen our already very good inks with our county schools, which we are continuing to develop through our range of aspiration and attainment raising opportunities.”

The charitable organisations which received furniture were MIND’s Rushden branch and Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust, along with the following schools:

The Arbours Primary Academy, Northampton
Barby Cof E Primary School
Boughton Primary School
Collingtree CofE Primary School
Daventry Hill School
Earls Barton Primary School
East Haddon CEVC Primary School
The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School, Northampton
The Grange School, Daventry
Hunsbury Park Primary School, Northampton
Irchester Community Primary School
John Hellins Primary School, Towcester
Kilsby CE Primary School
Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, Wellingborough
Overstone Primary School
Pytchley Endowed CE Primary School, Kettering
Rothwell Victoria Infant School
Ruskin Junior School, Wellingborough
Speak Up School of English, Northampton
St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Corby
St Thomas More Catholic Primary School, Kettering
Staverton CE Primary School
Sunnyside Primary Academy, Northampton
Thomas Becket Catholic School, Northampton
Windmill Primary School, Raunds.