Ian’s donation to help kids with their reading

Budeligh business man, Ian Crook, presented a cheque to St Peter's Primary School for their library.

Budeligh business man, Ian Crook, presented a cheque to St Peter's Primary School for their library. Headteacher, Steve Hitchcock, Thomas, Millie, Sazid and Jasmine receive the donation. Ref exb 9165-45-14AW Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Young readers at St Peter’s Primary School in Budleigh will be receiving some new books to get stuck into, thanks to a generous donation.

The school has received £800 for its library from local businessman Ian Crook, director of Ian Crook Wealth Management Ltd, a representative of St James’s Place Wealth Management.

The school has recently been looking at ways to finance the library, and when Ian, who is also a parent of two children at the school, heard of this, he offered to help fund some changes.

Ian said: “As a parent of children who attend St Peter’s, I am delighted to be able to support their ongoing work with this donation.”

Ian’s gift will go towards the ‘restocking of the library, providing the children with topic books and guided-reading books.


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St Peter’s headteacher Steve Hitchcock said: “My vision is to make reading at the school the most important thing.

“This sounds obvious but, as a school, we have so many pressures to squeeze and cram so much into the children, we can sometimes lose sight of what’s key to a good education.

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“At St Peter’s we are aiming to become a reading school, where reading for enjoyment and learning are central to our ethos.

“Ian’s kind donation is one step towards the goal, and we’ll be using this money to continue to develop our library provision.”

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