Inspirational pupils thriving in reading and writing after enjoying dozens of new books

By Jill Dando News

Inspirational pupils are thriving in reading and writing after enjoying dozens of new books thanks to a generous grant.

Brilliant children at Ashcombe Primary School In Weston-super-Mare, Somerset have been enjoying their new curriculum-focused books, so generously funded by the Hargreaves Foundation.

The books are being used to inspire children’s work with a huge impact as pupils do absolutely beautiful work based on the shared texts being used in class.  

A spokesperson for the school said: “The girls clearly enjoyed reading these books and have created their own thoughtful and well-structured compositions. They were bubbling with enthusiasm.”

The Hargreaves Foundation is a grant-making charitable foundation set up in 2020 by Peter Hargreaves and his family.

Ashcombe has been rolling out a programme of bringing learning to life by helping the homeless and by making rounded children ready to take on the world.


Ashcombe was one of the schools listed in the Real Schools Guide 2020 of the best schools around.

It follows from the previous year when they were in the top 5% bracket for combined reading, writing and maths results, compared with similar schools nationally. #WeAreAshcombe

The school has their own Jill Dando News Centre in memory of the town’s Jill Dando who was murdered in 1999. 

In Jill Dando news, pupils in primary schools are trained by students from Jill’s former school, Worle Community School Academy (WCSA), part of The Priory Learning Trust.

Pupils from Ashcombe Primary School with Nigel Dando, left, a teacher and Principal Jacqui Scott, right, from Worle Community School Academy

Just before lockdown, dozens of apple trees were planted at schools across Weston-super-Mare and Somerset in memory of the positive, kind and humble journalist.l 

Children and adults are encouraged to think of Jill Dando and to be kind to others every time they see a tree. 

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