17 June 2010

A sod cutting ceremony will be held tomorrow afternoon(FRI) to mark the start of the construction works for the new school hall at Cranford Church of England Primary School.

Sir Peter Fry, chair of the parish council, and Philip James, chair of governors of the school, will jointly perform the ceremony. Representatives from the diocese and Northamptonshire County Council will be in attendance along with pupils and parents.

The building project will see Northamptonshire County Council invest £615,000 from its primary capital funding programme.

The new school hall will replace a temporary hall with a permanent building. As well as assemblies, the hall will be used as a dining area and for PE activities. The new building will include a large class room and a small kitchenette which will enable the school to provide hot school meals for the students and implement their Food Tech curriculum where students can learn basic and important cookery skills.

This will also be the base for ‘Frolic’, the after school provision run by the school for pupils and the local community.

The new hall will be fitted out with new stage lighting and audio visual equipment which will enable the school to enhance its tradition for theatrical productions and social events.

The PTFA, Friends of Cranford School are already making plans for their first event once the hall has been finished. “Christmas is a very busy time of year and it will be fantastic to have such a facility to use for our fair and children’s party” said Mrs Claire Caswell-Jones, Chair.

Pupils and staff are very excited at the prospect of a purpose built hall. One year 4 student said: “I am really looking forward to having our basketball club in the new hall”.

Mrs Harris, the newly-appointed headteacher said: “This marks an exciting point in the history of our school. The whole school community will benefit from the improved facilities”.

The construction works will commence on the w/c 21st June 2010 with completion by the end of November 2010.