Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster, which has over the last two months already raised and donated over £240 to charity, has formalised its charity giving by linking with children’s bereavement charity, KEMP for Kids.

KEMP for Kids offers support from the age of 5 for children, young people and their families who have experienced somebody close to them dying or living with a life-limiting illness, tailoring its support services to the child’s wishes and needs. KEMP for Kids’ one to one therapeutic work includes the chance to talk, take part in arts based and creative activities such as making memory boxes and jars, or take part in a combination of activities so that they have a chance to talk and explore their experiences and emotions at what is a very difficult and upsetting time in their lives.

Little Trinity Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter said: “We always try to support as many charity events as we can such as Macmillan and Jeans for Genes day, and we will still be getting all colourful and spotty for Children in Need in November.

“Sadly, many children will experience someone close to them living with a life limiting illness or someone who has passed away. Choosing KEMP, which is our local charity and the amazing work that they do supporting bereaved children through KEMP for Kids, we aim to get more of our parents and children involved as well as highlight what a remarkable service KEMP provides to families and children in our community.”

Looking forward to supporting KEMP for Kids, Little Trinity will also be taking part in KEMP’s ‘Light Up A Life’ campaign in December. Popular with parents the nursery is forced to operate a waiting list for its pre-school intake, with many more children due to join the nursery in the new year.

Gaynor added: “The message we try and get across to the children is to think about others and about how fortunate we all are to be healthy and have good family support, as others maybe don’t, and by doing a little we can all make a big difference.

“Focusing mainly on one local charity will mean we will be able to involve more of our parents and children in our fundraising activities and help to promote KEMP for Kids and the support they offer to children and young people at home, at school or through KEMP Hospice.”

Multi temperature supply chain and logistics specialist Oakland International has confirmed it is to invest around £2.8m in a high-bay extension at its Corby facility.

Oakland International Business Unit Director, Lee Whiting, commented: “Oakland needed to identify a site which strategically fitted its core distribution requirements for a number of large UK retailers.

“Since launching Corby in March 2017 we have been delighted to recruit and develop a fantastic team of people, mostly from the Corby and nearby Kettering areas who have delivered industry-leading service levels for our customers. The confidence in our future recruitment strategy and the proactive support of the Corby council leadership team and reactive planning department has been a great confidence boost, which has played a significant part in our intentions to invest and grow further in the Corby region.”

Working in conjunction with new landlords, Norwich Council, the extended hub will deliver a multi temperature proposition to the market for chilled, frozen and ambient storage and plans to support the development by recruiting wherever possible within the local area by the end of 2019.

A multi-award winner and the recipient of ‘two’ Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, for International Trade and Sustainable Development, Oakland International is a BRC accredited (for storage and distribution) business, which encompasses a pioneering Distress Load Management (DLM) service; minimising food waste for customers, loss adjusters and hauliers on distressed product loads and consistently operating a recovery level of around 80% of product, with nothing sent to landfill as any residual food-waste is redirected to anaerobic digestion plant centres or recycling centres for use as renewable energy.

With a view to formalising their CSR efforts at their Redditch offices, Oakland launched the Oakland Foundation, a charity aimed at supporting children and young people in Redditch, Bromsgrove and the surrounding area.

Oakland International Co-Founder and CEO, Dean Attwell, added: “Whilst we are still learning about our new home in Corby, we are keen to repeat what has worked well in Redditch by applying ourselves to worthwhile causes in and around Corby.

“We have always believed in getting involved, and in supporting the local communities where our teams live, focusing on working with like-minded groups and organisations who want to make a difference.”

Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster marked the opening of their new outside play area with a Macmillan Coffee Morning, inviting parents and carers to join them to celebrate and raise funds for the charity.

Planning began at the start of the year for the new facility, with work completed over the summer and offering a new external learning and play area with direct access from the classroom so that children can use it throughout the nursery day. Encompassing literacy and mathematical areas as well as a growing section, sand and water-play, mark making and ICT, and an all-weather canopy meaning it can be used in all weathers, it is a welcome addition to their existing playground which incorporates climbing and play equipment, role-play, mini beast and mud kitchen.

Wanting to make their official opening a real celebration, they chose to support this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning inviting staff, parents and carers to donate cakes and take part in a celebration raffle and raised an amazing £161.98!

Little Trinity Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter said: “Parents and children have been so excited to see the new area come to life, with the children so eager to go and explore that I don’t think we are now ever going to get them back inside!

“This investment will hugely benefit all our children for many years to come. It’s important to invest in the future and to ensure our nursery continues to thrive, offering the very best for Little Trinity Nursery children today, and tomorrow!”

Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster will be holding a Sixth Form and Year 7 Open Evening on Tuesday 16th October, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.

Holy Trinity enjoyed an outstanding set of GCSE and A level results this year with A Level students achieving a pass rate of 97% and above the national average, 27% of students gaining A / A* grades and 41% A*- B grades and over.

69% of GCSE students attained a grade 6 or above (B or above) and placed the school joint first in the county for 9-5 passes in English and maths combined with Physics and Maths being the best performing core subjects, and Art, History, PE and RE out performing as foundation subjects.

Open events are immensely useful to students and families as they offer the opportunity to meet teaching staff and look around the school and its facilities, asking any questions well in advance of forthcoming registration deadlines.

Holy Trinity’s Sixth Form features small class sizes offering a tutorial teaching style to meet the educational needs of each student and ensure everyone reaches their potential, with specialist subject staff on hand to offer extra help and support throughout the day, maximising achievement and accelerate progress.

More information is available on the school’s website: www.holytrinity.co.uk or you can email the head’s PA, Mrs Karen Roth: [email protected] or call: 01562 822929.

Retaining accreditation for well-over a decade, responsible family business Oakland International has maintained British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) quality standard for storage and distribution, securing a double ‘AA’ grade rating.

Head of Supply Chain Compliance and Accreditation, Louise Smith, stated: “This is a fantastic result for the team and I would like to thank them for all of their hard work which is so important in maintaining our Quality Standards, not just on audit day but on a year-round basis.”

Oakland International was one of the first businesses in their sector to achieve BRC accreditation which is internationally recognised as the ‘global standard’ for storage and distribution. The standard encompasses all actions undertaken that may affect safety, quality and legality of products handled and stored, with the standard viewed as a cross-function responsibility, wholly supported by the company’s senior management and team members.

Added Louise: “The heap of praise we received from the auditor covered our policies, procedures, layout and our warehouse process enhancements, and the willingness and friendliness of our team.

“Securing BRC’s AA rating is a clear endorsement for our customers and supply chain partners that they can have absolute faith in every area of Oakland’s operation from product safety, to quality and legality, they will not be compromised in any way.”

A multi temperature supply chain specialist, Oakland’s collaborative business approach with producers and retailers to optimise service, quality and consumer availability remains key to supplying UK, Irish and Spanish retail, discount, convenience and wholesale markets from the company’s UK and Irish facilities.

Children at a Kidderminster nursery enjoyed dressing up in denim for this year’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 21st September.

Helping to raise money and awareness for the 500,000 children in the UK today living with Genetic Disorders, the nursery encouraged everyone to wear as much denim as they possibly could.

Little Trinity Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter said: “We raise funds for various charities throughout the year, and this year decided to join in with Holy Trinity School students to support Jeans for Genes Day as our first fundraising day of the new academic year as it is a wonderful organisation which funds a range of projects including providing nursing care, equipment, counselling, online support and activity weekends for children affected by genes disorders, so we know the money we raised today will be put to good use.”

Jeans for Genes Day is the annual fundraising campaign for Genetic Disorders UK, the national charity which supports individuals and families affected by a genetic disorder. Money raised will help to fund the work of the charity and provide grants to organisations for projects that aim to transform the lives of children with genetic disorders.

All nursery children and staff participated by covering themselves in as much denim as they could and added their fundraising pot of £80.85 to that of Holy Trinity School’s £586.62 to make a grand total of £667.47!

Launched in Worcestershire in 1998, ethical family business Oakland International has celebrated 20-years of successful trading with team members, their families at a family-friendly BBQ at Attwell Farm Park, Beoley on Saturday 15th September.

Oakland’s ‘double-decade’ anniversary marks an important business milestone for the company which originally began in egg production, and two-decades later is a major Redditch employer, operating hubs and facilities in the UK, Ireland and has an overseas partner in Spain.

Oakland International Co-Founders, Dean and Sallie Attwell commented: “As we look back and reflect on our two-decades in business, we are incredibly appreciative of the heritage of talent within Oakland and of the many accomplishments we have achieved together as a team.

“Continual investment in new generations of talented staff and investment in long-term business and partner relationships ensures we add value to the many customer services we now provide.

“A genuine and heartfelt thank you to every one of our team members, our customers, our partners, our parents and families as we wouldn’t be where we are today without their support. They have all helped make this possible, here’s to the next twenty years!”

Winners of numerous industry awards and accolades over the years, Oakland International today is a ‘double’ Queen’s Awards for Enterprise winner, for International Trade and Sustainable Development, and a BRC double ‘A’ accredited multi temperature distribution business delivering a vast array of specialist services in contract packing, storage, picking, tempering, distribution and brand development support to major retail, convenience, discount, wholesale and food service markets.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of a team of parents at a Kidderminster school, students now can make the most of the great outdoors irrespective of any weather the UK has to offer.

The PTA and school community of Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre on the Birmingham Road as part of their big ‘Outdoor Space Project’ and actively fundraising through a range of initiatives, have successfully co-funded and created a new community seating/breakout area next to the school’s central wildlife pond.

PTA Chair, Mrs Michelle Howles commented: “As our school community continues to increase, the PTA’s ‘Outdoor Space Project’ is aimed at providing additional outdoor classrooms, dinning and student break-out areas so that they can make the most of the great outdoors; this project was funded with over £6,500’s worth of awnings to provide shelter for students from sun and rain, and over £400 worth of new benches and tables so that they can sit out, relax and enjoy the antics of our visiting wild ducks, and in the spring any ducklings that may come along.”

The PTA initiative, supporting the school’s goal of improving outside space and learning provision for students, means pupils can now spend more time outdoors, even when it’s extremely sunny or raining, able to eat together socially and enjoy the space for education and community-based activities.

Headteacher, Mrs Pamela Leek-Wright, commented: “The energy and enthusiasm that the PTA have, year in year out, never ceases to amaze me; as a school we are extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and supportive parents who work so tirelessly for the good of the school.”

Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre is delighted to have been awarded the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2017/18 academic year for the second year running.

The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress.

Retrospective awards, schools apply during the summer term, and are graded against a list of set criteria, with 35,500 schools so far applying for the award since 2012.

Holy Trinity’s Head of Prep PE, Sarah Williams commented: “As part of our application, we were asked to fulfil criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are thrilled that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded once again.

“We are extremely delighted and proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. We’re now looking forward to applying once again in 2019!”

As a new school year begins, Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre in Kidderminster, which became a free school four years ago, is continuing to see student numbers grow across all sections of this popular through-school.

Each phase of the school has doubled in size from Reception Class to Year 4, Year 5 to Year 8 and Year 9 to Year 13 in Sixth Form.

Headteacher Mrs Leek-Wright commented: “Four years on from becoming a free school, although a busier school, the positive atmosphere and traditional attitudes of our learners is as it has always been, and something that we work exceptionally hard to maintain. The very nature of the fact that the school is an all-through school where children can undertake 14 years of education on one site, creates a difference that, in part, accounts for the positive atmosphere within the school.

“Having all ages on one site helps to teach responsibility and an awareness beyond age boundaries, which forms a key part to the personal development of our pupils and provides opportunities unique to the setting. As a school, our ambition is to inspire and challenge and nurture lifelong learners, young people who will continue to grow, adapt and contribute within and towards society, so despite changes to the school, we remain focused in delivering the same high-quality education in line with the tradition of the school.”

Major investment in school facilities has delivered a dining room extension, an updated ICT infrastructure and the implementation of touch screens in teaching rooms to help create diversity in learning delivery and access, and the further development of the Sixth Form area, as well as the introduction of two new libraries within Prep and Senior schools which has helped to promote literacy skills and a love of reading.

The school enjoyed an outstanding set of GCSE and A level results this year with A Level students achieving a pass rate of 97% and above the national average, 27% of students gaining A / A* grades and 41% A*- B grades

and over. 69% of GCSE students attained a grade 6 or above (B or above) and placed the school joint first in the county for 9-5 passes in English and maths combined with Physics and Maths being the best performing core subjects, and Art, History, PE and RE out performing as foundation subjects.

The next phase of redevelopment will be to the school’s outdoor areas, which will include a new netball facility and football surface, and the installation of electronic gates and a painting programme throughout the school’s interior.

Added Mrs Leek-Wright: “As a school, we feel that we the have excelled our free school goals which were to extend provision to the wider community, maintain a breadth and depth of curriculum and to provide an all-round education throughout the 14-year journey our pupils undertake at Holy Trinity.

“In 2018 little has changed from our ethos of 2014 and we continue to be, not just a school, but a community where we all take a sense of pride from belonging, giving freely of our support in subscribing to a set of values that we all agree makes for the best education.”