2017-2018 Thorpe Acre Infant School, Loughborough


In 2014, the Trust funded gardening tools and outdoor clothing for the pupils at this school. A subsequent visit by Trustees, at which we saw the children’s obvious enjoyment in planting and preparing their raised beds, showed that the funding had been well invested. Even in the rain they were happy to carry on with their outdoor work. Additional funding was granted early in 2017 for a ‘mud-exploration/kitchen area’ which will enhance cross-curricular learning for the four to seven year old children. The ‘kitchen’ comes equipped with containers, scales, large spoons and lots of other outdoor equipment. It will afford opportunities for the children to weigh and measure; stir and whisk; improve their motor skills; and work in pairs or small groups, using their skills and imagination in challenging and exciting ways. A further bid for new outdoor clothing is under consideration.

The Trustees will visit Thorpe Acre Infant School during the Spring Term 2018 to assess progress.


RISE Project

The R.I.S.E. project

Over the past two years, The Katherine Jacobs Trust has funded two projects delivered by LPAP, the Loughborough Primary Academies Partnership.

2010 – 2011 (P.E. focus) Highgate Primary School Sileby

The Trust provided soft play equipment for 3-4 year olds. These were mainly big builder bricks and soft activity blocks and shapes

2010 – 2011 (P.E. focus) Cossington Primary School

Aim of the project : To increase levels of physical activity during lunchtimes and play times throughout the school.

“Children have enjoyed having a greater opportunity to play different games and undertake different forms of physical activity at dinner times and increasingly at break times” Teacher

2011 – 2012 (English focus) St Bartholomew’s Primary School

Their grant funded Sarah-Jane Arbury, a poet from Bristol who led the first teacher day of the year.
“Sarah-Jane led a series of group activities that culminated in a variety of writing tasks. The highlight of the morning for many was when we divided into groups to write and perform a poem about the individuals in the group.”

Holywell Primary School: 2012 – 13

A year long programme designed to raise the quality of teaching and learning at Holywell
“Your money helped raise standards in Science throughout the school. This has been achieved by encouraging teachers to organise more “hands-on" science exercises.”


2012 – 2013 (Science focus) Highgate Primary School

Purchased science equipment for year one children.
“I believe that the extra science resources have been extremely beneficial in helping to further the children's existing knowledge by allowing them to explore and investigate through practical activities”

2015–16 (English focus) Ashmount School

Design of a reading scheme aimed at learners requiring age appropriate materials. Ashmount bought a new reading scheme for the school - the trust visited to read with the learners

Stonehill high school

Stonehill high school held a fundraising event selling Cakes by Linda. Linda and Kathy met at University and were long life friends. Linda wanted to support the trust and for a number of years made and sold cakes for the trust - raising over £800 for the trust.