St Peter's CofE Junior School

St Peter's CofE Junior School

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Gardening & Mini Allotments

Our school garden and main allotment is located north of the playground and is looked after by Mr Farrell and the Gardening Club. The gardening area may be used by pupils when supervised by a staff member such as one to one time or outdoor class activities.




Around the school grounds are various pots and beds which are maintained by the site grounds team who do a great job in creating a beautiful environment for our pupils, staff and visitors. Plants tendered for on the main allotment by gardening club are then used to decorate beds and pots around school.






Gardening Club

Started in 2019, this club runs between September to October half term and then April after Easter break through to July.

Session time is 3.30pm to 4.45pm and the cost per session per child is £4. This cost helps cover expenses such as the plants and compost. Children do get the chance too of bring home items from gardening club such as plants or harvest foods.


Plants grown and tendered too on the allotment eventually get transferred to other pots and beds around the school grounds including the main entrance. This is a great way of maintaining a beautiful school environment! 


Children WILL NEED their own wellies and a waterproof coat as sessions will take place in the rain and mud.


Parents, Grandparents or Carer's are welcome too! Please speak to Mr Farrell or contact him: School Governors also help out at the club, supervising jobs and working behind the scenes to prep. jobs and transport goods in.


If your child is interested, please contact the school office asap. Numbers are limited to a total of 12 spaces, so if we are over-subscribed names will be drawn from a hat. You will be advised if your child has been allocated a place by text and then payment will be due.            

Gardening Club September 2019


When your place has been confirmed it is possible to pay in the following ways:

  • Via ParentPay – you should see a new item called ‘Gardening Club’ when you log in.  This is our preferred method of payment.
  • Via cash or cheque to the school office along with the permission slip in a clearly marked envelope.  Cheques should be made payable to ‘NCC re St Peters (Rud) Jnr SF ’.

The Beds

Gardening Club Planner

Voucher Schemes


Morrisons have created ‘It’s Good to Grow’, their new collector scheme to help schools get FREE gardening equipment.


To take part, swipe your MyMorrisons card or app at checkout each time you shop. Earn one paperless Grow Token for every £10 spent in store or online. Donate your Grow Tokens to your nominated school via the MyMorrisons app or website. Your nominated school can exchange their Grow Tokens for FREE gardening equipment.





Mini Allotments


Over the last few years our mini-allotments have proven highly successful and a big hit with families.


For those new to this notion, the idea is that the family is ‘let’ an allotment for the year. Pupils can then create their own garden during break times and lunch times. They can also tend them after school if supervised by an adult. The gardens in previous years have ranged massively in style from productive vegetable gardens growing potatoes, strawberries and salad crops to flower gardens and plots which are wonderfully creative ‘mini-worlds’.


Anyone taking on an allotment needs to be aware that although pupils are expected to look after it themselves (watering, weeding etc.) they are likely to need a small amount of adult help at intervals throughout the year. For example, they will need help to dig it over initially and to clear any large weeds. School has a good range of tools available so there is no need to bring in tools from home, each year group will share the same tools provided, pupils must sanitise hands before and after use. Please feel free to add compost, fertiliser or soil conditioner as the soil is a heavy clay. We do not however allow any slug pellets.


We only have a limited number of plots, so if a plot is taken but not used, we may ask to have it back for re-allocation. There will be a list of rules that pupils must adhere to which will be given out should they sign up and also be posted around school.


If your child would like their own mini-allotment or share an allotment with a friend ( make sure this is clearly indicated), then please email to stating pupils’ full name and class.



                Mrs Wong                                 Mr Farrell                           Mr Dodd, Governor                   Mr Allcock, Governor


Happy Gardening!!

The Allotment and Gardening Team




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