After learning of Wargrave-based Robert Piggott School’s appeal for support with stationery, Metro Bank, the revolution in British banking, was pleased to help by providing pupils with 1,000 free pens.
Following a request for parents to provide a daily donation to support with stationery expenses, the Metro Bank Reading store sprang into action, delivering pens to the school that very week.
Mrs Sally Ann Akers, Executive Headteacher at Robert Piggott CE Schools said: “We are very grateful to Metro Bank Reading for their generous and swift donation of pens and look forward to learning more about the free financial education programme available for KS2 in the New Year.”
Craig Donaldson, CEO at Metro Bank commented: “Our colleagues are empowered to support their local community, whether that’s through hosting networking sessions for local businesses, assisting with charity events, bringing the bank to workplaces with our ‘Bank at Work’ programme… or even hand delivering pens. So when colleagues heard about the school’s appeal, they were more than happy to help.”
The Reading team will return to the school in the New Year to deliver the bank’s free financial education programme, Money Zone, to pupils. The initiative teaches money basics to Key Stage 2 children through three classroom-based lessons, followed by a fourth session in the banking hall. This year alone, the initiative has been delivered to over 20,000 students.