Schools contest popular

Suzanne Cheney of the Middleton Grange shopping centre with the Shop for Schools vouchers now available in the centre's stores.

Suzanne Cheney of the Middleton Grange shopping centre with the Shop for Schools vouchers now available in the centre's stores.

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HERE is the first table in this year’s Hartlepool Mail-backed Shop for Schools contest.

Our annual competition is little over a week old but is already proving popular with shoppers at Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.

This year’s contest, which sees all entrants receive a variety of educational prizes, is already fierce.

Hartlepool’s Sacred Heart Primary School is the table’s early leader with fellow town schools Springwell in second and Ward Jackson in third.

But there is still ample time between now and June 30 for all competitors to haul themselves up the league.

The idea behind Shop for Schools is simple.

Customers need to take their receipts from all Middleton Grange stores to the complex’s information stand.

There they will be stamped and returned with vouchers at a rate of one per pound spent.

These vouchers can then be immediately placed inside letterboxes marked with each participating school’s name.

The more points your favourite school earns then the better the package of prizes it will receive.

Shopping centre boss Mark Rycraft said: “It is good to see so many shoppers responding to the contest so quickly and showing their support for all our schools.”

Don’t worry either that bigger competitors may have an unfair advantage.

Totals will be divided by each school’s number of pupils so that size does not matter.

Nor should supporters of bottom placed St Joseph’s School, in Hartlepool, be too disheartened.

The school is a late entrant to the contest and only joined after it started.

There are plenty of other ways too of boosting your points total.

Double points are on offer on Sundays, triple points on bank holiday Mondays and bonus points vouchers will appear in your Mail on a weekly basis.

Watch out for the latest coupon before the end of this week.

1 Sacred Heart

2 Springwell

3 Ward Jackson

4 St Aidan’s

5 Eldon Grove

6 St Helen’s

7 West View

8 Holy Trinity

9 Rift House

10 Lynnfield

11 St Cuthbert’s

12 Hart

13 Jesmond Gardens

14 Throston

15 Kingsley

16 Stranton

17 Owton Manor

18 Barnard Grove

19 Grange

20 Rossmere

21 West Park

22 High Tunstall

23 Golden Flatts

24 Peter’s Elwick C of E

25 St Joseph’s