Lottery grant will allow Melton schools’ pyramid clubs to continue good work

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Shy and withdrawn schoolchildren in Melton will receive extra help to build their confidence and self esteem thanks to a £9,300 lottery grant awarded to St Francis Catholic Primary School.

The Big Lottery Fund ‘Awards for All’ grant will enable St Francis - and its partner schools St Mary’s CE, Brownlow and The Grove - to continue to deliver Pyramid Clubs.

The clubs, which first ran in Melton in 2004, support children who may be overlooked in schools - such as those with a quieter nature or who become easily anxious.

The clubs - which run after-school for 10 weeks - allow these less confident children to blossom through fun activities. Jo Anderson, headteacher at St Francis, said: “The children can change dramatically over the course of the clubs. Teachers and parents find children increase in confidence and self esteem, becoming more adventurous, speaking out and joining in happily with others.”

The Melton schools will be running clubs starting later his term. Any volunteers who would like to train to become club leaders can call Mrs Anderson on (01664) 562891.