The Governors’ Building Projects

Ever since the present school premises opened in the early 1960s, taking a single form of entry each year, the governors have constantly been involved in building projects of various kinds to provide sufficient and suitable accommodation to meet the school’s changing needs.

 Some years ago four new classrooms were built together with the appropriate toilet and cloakroom accommodation.  These four rooms now house the older children, those in Years 5 and 6.  The first two classrooms were put up to replace two temporary classrooms demolished in July 2001 and the second two were added to provide space for a music/drama room and for an information technology (computer) room to enable the school more readily to provide the full National Curriculum. Before the project was completed an outdoor learning and play area for Reception children was created on the school field.

The total cost of that building project and the extended curriculum provision totalled over £650,000, much of which came from public and private subscription through the “Promises for Premises” appeal which was launched in November 2000 and ran for three years until December 2003.

Since then, an adventure playground and an outdoor classroom have been built, various extensions added including the addition of a new building to enable the provision of group learning areas and facilities for before and after-school childcare. Recently there has been an update the administration area at the front of the school to further improve security through the creation of a reception area with improved visibility of visitors to the school.

During the 2017 summer break  a new lodge was built to extend the heavily oversubscribed Extra Club. This building allowed an additional 20 children to attend the breakfast and after school club. It also offers extra space for music lessons,  therapist sessions and group activities during the school day.

There are always numerous new improvement projects demanding prioritisation and building up funds to undertake further improvements remains a major pre-occupation for governors.

The governors also have a responsibility, through the London Diocesan Board for Schools, for maintaining and insuring the buildings and again, in order to fulfil these responsibilities, the governors have to meet these costs.  The bulk of the money raised is passed to the LDBS which undertakes the major repair and maintenance work. In recent years this funding has been accessed to replace the boilers and the roof.