CAPENHURST Grange Special School is the winner of this year’s Rok Challenge.

The school which has 60 pupils from all over the region will receive £10,000 worth of expert building on a project to brighten up life for the pupils and wildlife.

Capenhurst Grange is a residential school for children with severe behavioural and emotional difficulties and bursar June Sedgwick applied for the much needed funding to develop a pond and meadow area.

The school on Chester Road, Great Sutton is looking to create a natural habitat to inspire pupils and serve their educational needs.

Their application to The Rok Challenge which impressed judges.

June Sedgwick said in the application: ‘Our challenge would be to make the school ‘smile’ again – uplift it – which in turn would uplift the pupils and staff.

‘A clean-up operation needs to be done to remove undergrowth and weeds. This area could then act as a focus to wildlife and the pupils could continue to develop the area as a recreational area.

‘The pupils would also plant a wildlife meadow which would bring out their creativity’.

Work is to start on the pond and meadow project in October.

Rok’s area leader Matt Jones said that he was impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and pupils when he made a recent site inspection.

He said: ‘Their submission and our subsequent visit to the site impressed us because they were so keen to get involved.

‘We were met by an enthusiastic team including the headteacher who is fully committed to providing these additional facilities and we felt that they would be prepared to become involved.’

Matt Jones believes the pond and meadow will help the pupils in their wider learning and serve as a community asset.

He said: ‘Not only will this benefit the educational needs of children who will use the facility, but they are looking to forge links with local groups such as RSPB and Butterfly and Moth enthusiasts and engage the wider community with the children in the hope that they will be encouraged to become involved in other activities and interests long after they have left the school.’

Headteacher Graham Stothard thanked Rok and June Sedgwick for helping to make a dream come true for the children.

He said: ‘We are now looking forward to working with colleagues from ROK, staff, parents and pupils in developing the area.’