The Foundation has been working in partnership with Ipsley RSA Academy since 2014 and over this time the Foundation has been able to support a number of initiatives:
The Oakland Programme
This Programme provides a valuable workplace insight designed to enrich students’ academic experiences with structured sessions aimed at raising aspirations and supporting future career choices.
Ipsley’s Smoothie Team ‘Smoothip’, competed against a number of schools who are part of the RSA Academies family to secure additional funding. Ipsley’s Smoothie Team successfully presented their idea and also secured £250.00 worth of funding from the RSA to support the launch of their smoothie project. The Oakland Foundation donated two smoothie makers, cups, straws and a large selection of fruit to enable the school to use their funding to buy fruit to continue the self-funding Smoothie club.
Oakland International employee and local musician, Sam Ostler, is attending the school’s weekly keyboard lesson to teach pupils who have signed up how to play.
1:1 Reading and games
Every week volunteers support and interact with pupils by reading with them and playing games.
The Foundation provides Christmas lunch for the whole school to enjoy.
The donation of pancakes to the school menu enables all pupils to take part in a Shrove Tuesday.
Volunteer support on school trips. We have had Foundation volunteers visit Drayton Manor with the school and also volunteers accompanied children to the theatre.
Financial support has helped the school purchase various school materials and reading books.
Eco Club & Allotment
The school’s Eco Club have visited key sponsor, Oakland International, on a number of occasions and enjoyed a presentation on the company’s environmental initiatives as well as a guided tour of the site by their environmental co-ordinator.
Volunteers from the Foundation and Perfect Personnel, helped to dig the school’s allotment to enable the Eco Club to plant fruit and vegetables to be used in cookery classes and by the Smoothie Club.
Experience through Play
The ‘Experience Through Play’ project was funded by The Oakland Foundation in a joint project with EPIC CIC as part of the ‘Improving Futures’ project within Ipsley Academy School. The objective was to enhance children’s learning and development by providing a safe environment where they could experience, explore and express themselves through play. Sometimes children find it hard to put things they are experiencing into words which can hinder their learning and development. Play offers children different ways of expressing what they are thinking and feeling, it gives them a chance to express through play their lives with someone they can trust in a safe place. Play enables children to ‘play out’ what has happened or what is worrying them. They can do this by acting out their feelings, drawing, playing about what the problem is and making stories. This can help children work out what is difficult for them, come to terms with their experiences and explore ways of doing things differently.