We are delighted to have been shortlisted for a national award - the Third Sector Awards - Charity Partnership of the Year, for the Lawfield Community Project
The project is centred around Lawfield Primary School in Mayfield, Midlothian.
Lawfield is a new school created in 2008 following the merger of two local primary schools. It has a school roll of 380.
The majority of pupils are experiencing socio-economic disadvantage with 33% of pupils eligible for free school meals. Attainment in literacy is poor – for example, out of a sample of 85 second level pupils, 52% of these were attaining below expected levels in literacy. The school was facing high levels of exclusions, incidences of violence and the senior management team had a high turnover.
Voluntary sector partner agencies agreed to support the school. A pilot - the Lawfield Community Project was set up test out how to best support the school and show case how the voluntary sector can help meet a specific need in the community by working in partnership with each other and statutory partners to make a difference.
This project led to new ways of working, joint working process, a single allocation process, removal of scatter gun referrals, a single point of access for families and impacts in relation to childrens’ attainment. In addition, the community has engaged with the school
The voluntary sector partnership is between Home Link Family Support, Children 1st, Midlothian Sure Start and Play Therapy Base who are all looking forward to the judge's final decision in September 2017