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AT SOUTH DOWNS LEARNING TRUST, WE COLLABORATE WITH A WIDE RANGE OF LOCAL BUSINESSES, PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS, SUPPLIERS, CHARITIES, AND NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS

These community-based partnerships are instrumental in fostering the growth of our school communities. We take great pride in the collaborative work we engage in, with a focus on ensuring we continue to #AchieveSuccessTogether as a community. Our goal is to maximise shared opportunities for the benefit of our learners, who remain at the heart of everything we do.

To learn more about our local business associations, please refer to the information below. If you’re interested in exploring opportunities for collaboration, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us using the contact details provided below.

Current Sponsorship

Charities We Work With

At South Downs Learning Trust we work with and support a variety of local charities each year, something we will continue to do with pride.  If you’re a local not for profit organisation and/or registered charity and wish to partner with us, then please ‘Contact Us’ below.

Current Projects for Sponsorship

Nurture Garden sketch.

Ocklynge ‘Nurture Garden’ Sensory Project

This year #TeamOcklynge are on a mission to create a beautiful sensory garden, designed to support learning, play and nurture. The garden (previously managed by an external organisation) was an overgrown, unloved and wasted resource. Our plans include creating a stage, mud kitchen, sand pit, an art wall, storytelling area, a wildlife area, raised vegetable beds, fruit borders and trees, an archway and a large sensory border. All these features will be softened with further planting to stimulate senses, throughout the year. Please check out our plans and pictures of progress so far on the Ocklynge Facebook page! With the support of our local community and ongoing fundraising efforts, we have begun to implement our design. Exciting! However, we still need your help. If you can support us by making an affordable donation, please do get in touch. In return, we will list your company on our trust website and showcase through our social media platforms. We will also be inviting our sponsors to our Grand Opening, which will give a PR opportunity across our school communities. Do get in touch if you can help support this brilliant project : lhamblin@sdlt.org.uk

Ocklynge 'OPAL' Play Programme - Go Fund Me!

We are delighted to share with you an exciting initiative that Ocklynge is about to embark on, the Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Primary Programme. This programme is designed to enhance opportunities for physical activity, socialisation, cooperation, coordination, resilience, creativity, imagination, and enjoyment through improved play. OPAL has a rich history, evolving over 20 years with testing and development in over 800 schools globally, including Spain, Canada, France, and New Zealand. Recognised for its excellence, OPAL won first prize in an EU-funded award for the best active school’s programme in Europe in 2018 and has garnered national playwork awards in the UK. At the core of OPAL is the belief that children learn not only through good teaching but also through play. Given that 20% of their time in school is playtime, equivalent to 1.4 years of primary school, we aim to make this time as enriching as possible. Childhood has evolved, and many children no longer fulfil their play needs outside of school. Surprisingly, the average screen time per day is six hours, while outdoor playtime per week is only five hours. Our goal with the OPAL Primary Programme is to address this imbalance and ensure a fulfilling play experience for our children. Benefits of OPAL include increased enjoyment of school, less teaching time lost to disputes, fewer accidents, and significantly improved behaviour. Play is a fundamental aspect of a child's development, fostering learning in ways that cannot be taught conventionally. Please support our play programme if you can. For donations, PLEASE SEE LINK GO-FUND-ME LINK HERE : https://www.gofundme.com/f/opal-play-programme-ocklynge-junior-school?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet-first-launch&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer . All contributions make such a huge difference. Thank you!

Ratton Careers Programme

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