A total fund of £4850 has been awarded to Redruth’s primary schools by Redruth Charity Trust (RCT), the largest amount since its Fred Harris Education Awards began in 2005.

RCT funds are awarded annually to the ten primary schools in the TR15-16 area, to be directed to their library provision, between £150 and £450 according to the school’s KS2 pupil numbers. The award also includes the donation of a collection of Cornish books, procured from books distributor Tor Mark, based in St Day. Titles were selected to match in with curriculum topics.

For 2022, RCT welcomed sponsorship from Amazon Redruth Delivery Station and Cornish Metals, plus twelve other sponsors. This allowed the scheme to grow to include 21 Cornish books in addition to the cash award for the schools to spend on library books of their choice.

Redruth Charity Trust also awarded a £50 voucher to one Year 6 pupil in each of the schools that has made a difference to their school and community. The schools nominate their winning students.

Trustees were thrilled to visit the ten schools in person to announce the winners and present the library donations, which took place in the final days of the academic year.

Chris Hailey, Chair of Trustees, said:

“The Fred Harris Education Awards have grown and evolved into three distinct activities. We donate funds to school libraries, as we always have since 2005, and we reward a Year 6 student that has made a difference to their community. Since 2021, we introduced the gifting of a collection of Cornish books. These are titles that are either written by Cornish authors or contain Cornish heritage content. This year, we were thrilled to offer schools 21 books that included environmental themes, Cornish language and local history.

“Visiting schools this year, it was pleasing to see that Year Six students have experienced a near-normal year, enjoying school camps, concerts, sports days and their all-important leavers shows and discos. We were delighted to visit and applaud all of the 2022 leavers, and reward the ten students that have stood out as having made a difference during their primary years. Congratulations to all ten of these winners.

“The scheme would not have been possible without the sponsorship of Amazon and, newly welcomed to the scheme, Cornish Metals. Their funds make a huge difference to the amount we can award schools. I also wish to thank Tor Mark Books, in St Day, for working with us to select a super collection of books, which we are certain the children will love to read.”

Winning Y6 students:

Curnow Lower School – Millie Bridge
Illogan Junior School – Emelia Than
Lanner Primary School – Erin Treveal
Pencoys Primary School – Emily Stone
Pennoweth School – Jonah Seth
Portreath Primary School – Evie Rossignol
St Day and Carharrack Primary School – Ruby Brand
Treleigh C.P. School – Teddy Ryan-Quick
Treloweth Primary School – Antony Skilton
Trewirgie Junior School – Alice Sardar