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Builder helps local school with donation to buy books

Materials designed to help children with phonetics will be top of shopping list

David Wilson Homes, the housebuilder behind the Dickens Gate development on Marden Road, has recently donated £550 to The Staplehurst School. The donation will be used to buy a wide range of books for pupils in the younger years.

The donation has allowed for the school to buy recently released reading materials specifically for learning phonetics, which is a key component in the current early learning curriculum. Recommended by the British Dyslexia Association, many of these books added to the school’s collection to support a wide range of pupils at all levels and speeds which is crucial for young readers and development of literacy skills.

With the recent return of pupils to the classroom, these books are an essential part of the children’s in-school learning and can now be utilised in person to help stay on track with writing and reading targets.

Natalie Perry, sales and marketing director at Barratt David Wilson Kent, comments: “We are really pleased to support the pupils at Staplehurst School and help provide new books for the children. We hope the books are a useful resource for the school, and help to aid the progression of reading and writing.”

Constant use

Lucy Davenport, headteacher at the school, says: “With most of our books being second-hand or worn due to the constant use they get, these new books are wonderful for the children to be able to use. We appreciate the donation by David Wilson Homes and the children would like to say thank you for their new reading material.”

David Wilson Homes is building a selection of three and four-bedroom family homes at Dickens Gate, just half a mile away from Staplehurst School. Price start from £382,995 for a three-bedroom semi-detached house.

For further details about David Wilson Homes, visit or call 0333 355 8503.


David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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