Preston Park Scoops Awards

Preston Park Primary school in Wembley has received the prestigious London School Environmental Award (LSEA) for the second year running. The school is also celebrating a member of staff receiving the MBE and another colleague getting a volunteering award.

The school’s Deputy Head Teacher, Dr Aruna Ajitsaria, received the MBE from The Queen last week (Wednesday 12 July) for her commitment to education over the past 30 years, 18 of these teaching in Brent. Tanya Smijth-Windham, Chair of the PTA, has been recognized for voluntary work at the school and helping to secure grants and donations of over £30,000.

John Redpath, Head Teacher at Preston Park Primary, said: “There is a great deal to celebrate at this school and I am very pleased for my colleagues whose achievements have been justly rewarded.”

Penny French, a parent-governor at Preston Park and co-ordinator of the LSEA entry, said: “We won because of a range of projects and initiatives carried out over the past year. Some of the work, such as the anti-litter campaign, made quite an impression on the community. Staff, pupils and our volunteers have done a great job and they deserve the credit for this achievement. Primary schooling is about so much more than just test results and this type of project can have a real and lasting impact on children as they grow up.”

One of the most exciting projects was when a former World War II air raid shelter on school grounds was saved from demolition. It is being developed as a working model and museum. Also,
children from the school carried out a chewing
gum survey outside Barclays Bank on Preston Road and an allotment garden was established on school grounds using recycled material.

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