The Queen Anne Royal Free CE First School is a one form entry First School in Windsor, offering education to 4-9 year olds, which opened in 1988. We believe everyone is a learner and we would like to allow children to be given equal opportunities to achieve the best they can and enjoy learning. We know children learn in different ways and it is our role to provide a number of resources to allow children to learn.
Here at the Queen Anne we are proud of all the activities and facilities we provide for our children. However due to public sector cuts it is becoming more of a challenge to ensure there is money for the extras that the children enjoy so much. We are very lucky that parents and the community support us through the amazing work of our activity PTA, QAPAFA, but we are turning to local businesses to develop a working relationship to hopefully provide mutual benefit.
A lot of companies are required to allow Corporate Social Responsibility Days, which means a working party from the organisation gets paid to volunteer at a local good cause. We are fortunate that we have benefited from this over the past few years, with Gallagher, Centrica, SSE, KP Snacks, Barclays bank, Ribbon Communication, GIC, and PVM Group coming in for the day to paint, garden and build growing beds and sheds. This support is always welcome as we have fairly extensive grounds. therefore always have projects ready for willing volunteers.
However there are other opportunities which are available to businesses. We are looking at sponsorship and support in exchange for marketing opportunities. We are fortunate enough to be supported by Hamilton Chess Estate Agency, supporting QAPAFA, our PTA, and The Christmas Decorators, who provide the school with a Christmas tree each year.
A number of local companies supported the school in an afternoon of fundraising in July. The school hosted the first Jolly Good Food event, with Afternoon Teas donated by The Hinds Head, Fat Duck Group, with a complimentary G &T donated by The Queen Charlotte Pub, Windsor, who also ran a Gin Bar alongside a beer bar, run by Windsor & Eton Brewery. Artist Russell Walker donated his time to draw people’s shoes as a memento of the event.
The event was held in a marquee thanks to support from Comm Comm UK and Tops Marquees, Buds and Bloom and Windsor Linen Company.
The whole event was accompanied by The Jolly Good String Trio, and an amazing raffle added to the excitement of the day with prizes donated by The Hinds Head, Russell Walker, The Queen Charlotte Pub, Windsor, Windsor &Eton Brewery, Cowarth Park, Sean Bowers Personal Training, Meimo, Roald Dahl Museum and Aartwork Hairdressers.
We thank everybody who has and continues to support our school. You really do make a difference to the school. If you would like to get involved, please call the school and ask to speak to Claire McDougall, School Business Manager
This is the difference a volunteering day can make. The before and after pictures of the turning circle worked on by Centrica and funded by the Rotary Club of Windsor and Eton