As the name implies Long Marton Community School plays a large part in the community life of Long Marton.
“This is a school that serves its community well. It is a school that many parents go out of their way to get their children into and many pupils come from homes much closer to other schools. It proudly wears the badge of ‘community school’ and it is just that”. Ofsted May 2014
The school buildings can be used by the local community for activities and the pupils from the school take part in community activities.
Here are some examples.
Helm Wind Three Villages 10K Road Challenge
Each year the school organises a 10K run that takes place around the school catchment area - Long Marton, Dufton and Knock. There are allso shorter races for children and adults - a 1.6km and 3km challenge.
We work in partnership with the Fareshare project and Rheged to help to eliminate landfill waste. We collect surplus food from supermarkets and use this in school for Breakfast club, After school club and school events.
Any surplus is offered to the community in a pop up shop in the school hall on Wednesday afternoons. People can give a voluntary contribution if they want.
Published quarterly by the school publicity committee and distributed with the parish newsletter this is the schools own way of keeping in contact with the local community as well as being delivered through every door in the parish news (previous Blackboards can be viewed below).
On two Wednesdays of each month members of the local community can enjoy a tasty lunch served at Long Marton Village Hall. The School and Village Hall Committee have worked in close partnership to provide this service to the local community. The two course meal, followed by coffee is cooked in the school kitchen then collected and served at the village hall by local volunteers.
Singing at the Grange, Community Lunches and Center Parcs
Every Christmas the school choir sing at Center Parcs for the holidaymakers and at The Grange - a residential care home in Appleby. This year we sang at the Community lunch Christmas dinner cooked in school but served in Long Marton Institute (see photo above).
Each October we use locally grown,
donated fruit and vegetables to make soup and crumble. Each class takes responsibility for a dish and then the food is served to the local community. Any money raised (through donations) goes to support a world-wide charity. Last year we gave money raised to Save the Children and this year Macmillan Cancer Support.
Links with the local church
Twice a year we visit the local church and all the children take part in some way - singing, acting, sharing poems and prayers. In September we attend a Harvest service and in December the Christingle service.
Parents and Friends also attend.
Boxes of Hope
Each year in November the children are busy getting shoeboxes ready to send to Boxes of Hope.Boxes of Hope, Cumbria, are a charity which gets local communities together with the common aim of helping deprived children in Easter Europe. Each year they send thousands of brightly coloured gift filled shoeboxes to bring some magic into a child's life for Christmas.
Money raised for charities
Each year we support a number of fundraising activities to support others. During the year March 2017 to July 2018 we raised over £1200 for charities. So far this academic year from September 2018 to March 2019 we have raised £1032- see below. In March 2018 the whole school - pupils, staff, parents and friends - ran the Sports Relief mile. In March 2019 we dressed up "Be funny to raise money" and completed a "Fun Run" in the wind and rain..
On the last day of the Autumn term 2019 we wore our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children.