Padiham pupils’ club celebrates 10th birthday

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A bright idea to launch a business that would fit in with looking after her four children has spelled success for Mrs Vicky Earrey.

Her breakfast and after school club, Bright Sparks, based at St John’s RC Primary School in Padiham, is celebrating its 10th birthday. Starting off with just three pupils in her care, Vicky now looks after 32 at each session with a team of four staff who have been with her from the start.

Bright Sparks After School Club, St John's School, Padiham, is celebrating its 10th birthday. Photo Neil Cross
Bright Sparks After School Club, St John's School, Padiham, is celebrating its 10th birthday. Photo Neil Cross

Vicky launched the business with her friend, Louise Green, and she decided to keep it running on her own after Louise emigrated to Australia in 2006.

Vicky said: “Bright Sparks has gone from strength to strength over the years. In our last OFSTED report we achieved good across the board. My staff are fantastic and we are now an established part of the school. I even have a student working with me now who used to come to Bright Sparks.’’

Mum-of-four Vicky has been able to include her children, Ella (15) Charlotte (12), nine-year-old Oscar and Gracie, who is four, in Bright Sparks. Staff from the school and pupils joined in the celebration party and Vicky was overwhelmed with dozens of messages of thanks and support, including a surprise Skype message from Louise Down Under.

Vicky said: “I never dreamed Bright Sparks would become such a success, I feel a very proud of it.’’

 

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