Tesco grant helps to ring the changes in Swindon school

By Jamie Hill - 17 February 2024


Music-loving pupils at Eldene Nursery and Primary School are celebrating after receiving £1,000 to boost their musical talents.

The Department for Education states that all primary schools should ensure that children are capable of playing a simple melody on an instrument in an ensemble.

So the school applied to Tesco’s Stronger Starts scheme, which awards funds to charities and community organisations that make a positive difference in the lives of children and young people.

The school’s application was successful, and headteacher Heather Kellett said the money will be spent on a full set new xylophones and recorders that will be used for all children in the school to achieve the above.

She added: “The money has gone towards improving the curriculum for the children. We are very grateful to Tesco for this funding.

“We encourage children to develop a love of music through exciting lessons, and these new instruments will help us to do the very best for the children.”

The Stronger Starts scheme, in partnership with the Groundwork charity, aims to support many Swindon community projects and good causes in the coming years, with thousands of pounds to give away.

Claire De Silva, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We’re delighted that we can help groups and clubs like Eldene Nursery and Primary School. Stronger Starts invites our customers to use their blue tokens to vote for local schemes they feel will benefit children and young people, and it’s so good to see the impact that the funding makes.”

Swindon shoppers can support their local school and children’s groups by dropping the Tesco blue token they receive at checkout into the relevant voting box as they leave the store.

For further information please go to https://tescostrongerstarts.org.uk

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