Newsflash: Lottery cash joy for Melton primary schools

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Staff at four Melton primary schools are celebrating after being awarded Lottery funding to set up special clubs to help pupils make friends.

Brownlow, St Mary’s, St Francis and The Grove schools will now start friendship clubs which will encourage and enable children to interact more.

Steve Nash, deputy headteacher at Brownlow, said the exact amount of the award had not yet been confirmed but it was hoped the money would be available soon to launch the clubs.

He said: “We’re really pleased to get this money.

“We are trying to get children to become really good friends with each other, build their self-esteem and give them skills for life.

“For instance the club would help a quiet, shy child with low self-esteem to interact with friends and perhaps go up to someone they don’t know and say ‘I like this game, can I play too’.”

The friendship club scheme is still at an early stage and staff are still developing ideas for activities.

Mr Nash added: “This is something we might run at lunch break or, perhaps, after school. We have a lovely new dining hall and we are hoping to use that for our friendship club.”