01 April 2011

A sod-cutting ceremony to mark the start of construction work on Geddington Primary School’s new hall is taking place next week.

The £855,000 project will provide a new school hall with storage for dining furniture and PE equipment as well as housing a kitchen for the provision of hot school meals, and new toilets.

The existing Victorian-style hall will be converted to a new classroom with storage, allowing the current mobile classroom in the playground to be removed from the site.

Headteacher Mrs Sue Spooner said: “The existing arrangements have meant that we have been very restricted in organising whole school activities and limited in the extent that parents and the local community can be involved in events. The school extension will rectify those shortcomings as well as giving us much more freedom when organising lessons and activities for the children. We are also delighted that the extension will ensure the children have access to hot cooked meals every day.”

The school, which has just under 200 pupils, is contributing £85,000 to the costs of the scheme and the rest of the funding comes from a combination of the council’s primary capital programme (PCP) funding and school dining grant.

Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Jim Harker, said: “This is a much-needed facility for Geddington School which has existed in its Victorian hall for far too long as the school has grown and outgrown the very cramped and overcrowded premises.”

The primary capital programme is a ringfenced grant used to address strategic issues of building condition and suitability which has also paid for four new school halls at Maidwell, Cosgrove, Cranford and Titchmarsh.

A further three halls at Geddington Primary, Rushton Primary, and Oundle & Kings Cliffe Middle schools are currently underway using additional ringfenced grant to improve school dining facilities. These three schemes were approved by the Northamptonshire Schools Forum.

The ceremony will be attended by representatives of Geddington Primary School, Northamptonshire County Council, Lend Lease Consulting and Borras Construction.