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Primary schoolchildren get important boost for reading project

Taylor Wimpey donation means all pupils get copy of Quest

Thanks to a £560 donation from a local housing development, all pupils at Sellindge Primary School near Ashford were able to take part in a reading project while learning remotely.  

During the recent lockdown, the school took part in a scheme to encourage its pupils to develop their reading and writing skills. With access to resources at the school unavailable, the donation from Taylor Wimpey was used to buy and send a copy of Quest by Aaron Becker to all of its pupils while they were studying at home. 

Diane Clark, assistant head at the primary school, says: “Remote teaching and learning was a challenge for us all so to have a project to bring the children and their families together was great. It really helped us to maintain a sense of community and togetherness which wouldn’t have been possible without everyone having a copy of the book. On behalf of the staff and pupils at Sellindge Primary School, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Taylor Wimpey for its donation.”

Jason Stokes, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “We are always looking for ways to support the local communities in which we are building and were thrilled to have been able to help Sellindge Primary School with its reading project. We’d like to thank the pupils for the lovely thank-you cards they sent to us. They brought a smile to us all and really brightened up the sales office at our The Lees development.”

Sellindge Primary School is located just a short distance from The Lees. Further information about the development and the homes available can be found here.


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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