Coventry business’s gift to brighten up school garden

A multi-coloured seat is brightening up a school garden thanks to the generosity of a Coventry business.

Green-fingered year eight students at President Kennedy School in Rookery Lane, Holbrooks, Coventry, will now have a place to rest from their hard work weeding and growing plants or looking after chickens.

Training provider PET- Xi paid for the rainbow seat in the secluded area of the school which was made from recycled materials.

Helen Petrak, leader of enterprise at President Kennedy School, said PET-Xi’s generosity had made a big difference to the garden area.

She said: “PET-Xi has been running its intensive, motivational courses for GCSEs and GCSE equivalents for a number of years at President Kennedy School which is one of the reasons why we achieved our best ever GCSE results in 2013.

“The garden is a fantastic sanctuary for our year eight students and we want them to enjoy the outside life after studying really hard indoors.

“We place a great deal of emphasis on outdoor activities at the school and the bench will improve the environment next to the garden and chickens.

“The ethos of our school is Building Brighter Futures and the multi-coloured seat will certainly help our year eight students to enjoy a healthy lifestyle in-between their studies.”

Fleur Sexton, joint managing director at PET-Xi whose company provides individually tailored programmes for students studying GCSEs and GCSE equivalents across the UK, said it was important to get the right mix between studying and leisure activities.

“Our staff are always uplifted by the amount of effort students put in to their exams as well as the confidence they gain from our courses as we help everyone achieve their full potential,” she said.

“We also recognise it is important to have relaxation time away from studying and gardening is an ideal way of achieving that. The rainbow seat will give students the chance to chat to their friends after working hard in the school’s garden or feeding the chickens.

“We are also offering work placements at PET-Xi to post-16 pupils at President Kennedy School as part of running post-16 BTEC business studies courses because one of the modules is centred on business communication.

“We believe in working in partnerships with schools and buying the bench is a perfect example of that because we have always loved President Kennedy School for their enthusiasm and commitment to their students.”