At Rucstall Primary School we value the community that we are part of in Black Dam and in Basingstoke. We work with a variety of local partners to ensure support for the wider community together.
As a primary school, we work with our local schools to provide wider opportunities for our children and to ensure their successful transitions both to us and from us to secondary school. We also provide support to our local preschool.
In addition to working alongside our children's families to signpost and provide parenting or other support, we collaborate with others in our local area to provide support and opportunities for the community as a whole. We work alongside the Community Centre and Grove Generations on community projects, for example litter picking and the installation of a defibrillator for local use.
Since September 2021, Rucstall Primary School has established a Black Dam Community Meeting. This includes representation from Little Ducklings Preschool, Grove Generations (local charity), Sovereign Housing, St Mary's Church Basingstoke, Rucstall Community Centre and Queen Mary's College. This group meets at least once a term to discuss shared priorities and projects for supporting the Black Dam community. Shared projects currently include:
- Jubilee Celebrations
- Backyard to Nature Project (developing unused local land and litter picking)
- Mental health and wellbeing signposting and support for local adults, parents/carers and children
- Establishing easier access for struggling families to food and support
The families of Rucstall Primary School also support others through selected charity fundraising annually, as well as fundraising for regular local charities. The children at Rucstall Primary School give back to their community through fundraising, litter picks, contributions to art installations and by singing to local care home residents.