It’s all to play for in scheme

Suzanne Cheney from the Middleton Grange shopping centre with th centre's Shop For Schools box.
Suzanne Cheney from the Middleton Grange shopping centre with th centre's Shop For Schools box.

IT is still all to play for in a campaign to help town schools get their hands on thousands of pounds worth of new equipment.

St Aidan’s Primary School in Hartlepool is still topping the table in the Mail-backed Shop for Schools Campaign.

The initiative run by Middleton Grange Shopping Centre sees shoppers turn their receipts into points and, ultimately prizes, to get the new school term off to a great start.

St Aidan’s are closely followed by Throston Primary School in terms of points they have racked up so far.

Making up the top five are Kingsley, St Helen’s and Barnard Grove primary schools.

And the Mail is giving you another chance to give your favourite participating school or nursery a quick boost by printing another of our bonus point vouchers for 50 points.

And despite the schools being on their summer holidays, Middleton Grange managers are encouraging customers not to forget about the scheme which remains open until the end of August.

Suzanne Chaney, marketing and retail liaison manager, said: “We want to reach out and get more people to participate, especially with the schools have broken up.”

To turn your shopping centre spending into points for your chosen school, just take your receipts to the information desk on the ground floor.

Staff will give you one point for every pound spent in the shopping centre which you simply ‘post’ through that school or nurseries collection box.

At the end of the scheme, every school is awarded vouchers according to how many points the have amassed.

They can then be used by the schools to choose from a host of useful prizes to improve their learning experiences for children.

Prizes vary from book collections, science equipment, new sports gear and digital cameras and laptop computers.

And just to keep everything fair, schools’ point scores are calculated by dividing the total by the number of pupils to ensure bigger schools do not have an advantage.

Every pound spent on a Sunday is worth double points and treble on August bank holiday.

This is how the league table currently looks.


1. St Aidan’s

2. Throston

3. Kingsley

4. St Helen’s

5. Barnard Grove

6. Ward Jackson

7. Eldon Grove

8. Footprints

9. Springwell

10. Holy Trinity

11. St Cuthbert’s

12. Kiddikins

13. Stranton

14. Sacred Heart

15. St Joseph’s

16. Golden Flatts

17. Lynnfield

18. West Park

19. West View

20. Rift house

21. Blackhall

22. Owton Manor

23. Catcote

24. Hart

25. St Bega’s

26. St Peter’s