WE RECEIVED millions of pounds worth of money vouchers from local schools across Scarborough in our Cash For Schools scheme and we’re delighted to now announce the winners.
The scheme, run in association with Barclays Money Skills and the Evening News, saw primary and special schools vying for a £3,000 first prize and runner-up prize of £1,000 to spend on improving pupils’ financial education.
Schools were asked to collect banknote tokens printed in the newspaper and we can reveal that in first place after collecting £144,790 and a pupil average of £4,826.33 is Springhead School followed by runners-up Woodlands School which collected a pupil average of £2,806.66.
Six-year-old Emily Staveley of Lindhead School proved to be the individual super collector with a whopping £37,860, winning a family ticket to Flamingo Land.
Springhead School headteacher Debbie Wilson said the prize would be used to support vocational work across the school which supports people with learning difficulties aged from three to 19 years.
She said: “We’re really surprised and very grateful for this fantastic contribution.
“The students remembered the voucher collections and they were excited and proud of what they’d helped to achieve for the school.
“We’ll use the money to help sixth form learn about world of work, to help with financial projects and support needed to get out in the work place and for the Dragons’ Den scheme we’ve just set up at school.”
After setting up the Woodlands School collection, teaching assistant Julie Fishburn said they were delighted to be runners-up.
“It’s fantastic and we have lots of ideas for the school,” said Miss Fishburn. “We’ll use it for practical trips in to the community so the pupils can experience shopping, to set up a school bank and other projects and money and budgeting games.”
Scarborough Barclays branch manager Steve Bell, based in St Nicholas Street added: “Financial skills are important at almost every stage of life. However, young people face a particularly challenging set of circumstances.
“Our Barclays Money Skills provides young people with the knowledge and confidence to manage their money more effectively, and skills they will use for the rest of their lives.
“We aim to make a real impact by encouraging our staff to volunteer using their professional and financial expertise through this programme, together with great partnerships like Cash for Schools with the Scarborough Evening News.
“I’m delighted Springhead School were successful in collecting the most tokens and receiving the £3,000 prize. Well done to all who took part.”