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Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioner opens a new sports facility at Heritage High School

Heritage High School, in Clowne, recently welcomed Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, to open a new outdoor sports facility at the school. The new equipment was officially opened in a ceremony attended by staff, students and members of the local community.

Following a successful bid to the Derbyshire Police Crime Commissioners’ ‘Neighbourhoods Investing in Criminal Earnings’ (NICE) funding scheme, Heritage High School secured £25,000 to build the new outdoor active space for the school and the local community.

Heritage High School, one of the eight schools in the successful Two Counties Trust, started the process to bid for the NICE funding during Spring 2018, when a group of students approached their teachers with the idea.

The ‘Heritage Sports Ambassadors’ wrote the bid, and worked as a team to secure the funding. The project was led by former year 11 student, Rebecca Hattersley who has now left Heritage High School and is attending a local sixth form.

Mr Dhindsa is keen to fund organisations who can deliver innovative projects which will leave a lasting legacy for their community. The school, using this additional PE equipment, will improve the health and wellbeing of students at the school and many members of the community.

The school was also excited that the project had been chosen for a BBC documentary that is being produced for airing on television in the Spring, relating to where proceeds of crime are spent.

Richard Marlow, Headteacher of Heritage High School, said:

“Thank you to Police Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa for approving our bid and for coming to the school to launch the new equipment.

I would like to thank Rebecca Hattersley for her hard work on this project and the staff who helped the us complete the bid including Angela Lindley, Richard Cronin and Sophie Rhodes-Orwin for their leadership and support in ensuring that the application was successful.

At Heritage High School, we are constantly seeking ways to improve the facilities in our school, so our young people continue to experience a high-quality, stimulating learning environment.

Being able to take advantage of the opportunity to install a facility such as an outdoor gym is one that we felt we could not miss out on and we hope all our students, and those in the local community use the equipment to its full potential.”

For further information or to book a space to use this facility, please contact the school on 01246 810259 or email info@heritage.derbyshire.sch.uk.