Ginnis New Homes supports youngsters at Ripley school on their learning journey with donation for new books

Youngsters at a Ripley primary school are set to receive new books for their library after a donation from a local housing development.

Ginnis New Homes, the developers behind Deer Park; a collection of 30 exclusive three and four-bedroom homes which are taking shape on the edge of Ripley – have made a cash donation to nearby Ripley St John’s CoE primary school, which will be used to buy playscripts and poetry books for the library.

Year 6 youngsters from St Johns School, Ripley with head teacher Wendy Rose and deputy head Chris Howarth.

Year 6 youngsters from St Johns School, Ripley with head teacher Wendy Rose and deputy head Chris Howarth.

It comes as the government release official figures which show how 163,00 more six-year-olds are on track to become fluent readers than in 2012, thanks to a renewed focus on phonics.

Chris Howarth, deputy head teacher at St John’s – and the school’s reading leader – said: “We’re absolutely delighted by this very kind donation. It will help the engage even more young readers at our school.”

Head teacher Wendy Rose added: “All donations are gratefully received and this will be used to diversify readership in our primary school.”

Darren Farnan, marketing manager of Ginnis New Homes, said: “We are thrilled to be able to make this donation to Ripley St John’s CoE Primary School. Deer Park has a real community feel about it and so we’re happy to be helping youngsters at our local school - and who knows, maybe the next Oscar Wilde will be a former Ripley St John’s pupil.”

The show home, which is open every Saturday from 11am, at Deer Park in Ripley. Penguin PR: public relations, media and communications

The Deer Park development is based just off Coach Road, close to the Derbyshire Police and Fire Headquarters, and promises to offer residents the very best blend of countryside and town living.

Not only does it provide views across the Amber Valley, the development is just minutes away from Sainsbury’s supermarket in Bridle Lane and a short drive into the centre of Ripley. It’s a short walk, too, to St John’s CoE Primary School.

Each Deer Park home mixes modern living with traditional features, including high ceilings, period-style windows, open-plan kitchens, downstairs WCs and built-in storage space.

The show home at Deer Park is open every Saturday from 11am. For further information on Deer Park’s three and four-bedroom homes, contact selling agents Boxall, Brown & Jones on 01773 880788, Elders on 01773 304444 or visit


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