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New classrooms for village school

Expansion plans for Marsh Gibbon CE School include two new classrooms PNL-140715-132713001

Expansion plans for Marsh Gibbon CE School include two new classrooms PNL-140715-132713001

 

A village school is looking to the future after its expansion plans received the green light.

Marsh Gibbon CE School has received planning permission to build two extra classrooms. The school plans to open up to children in Years Five and Six, ages 10 and 11.

The school will also be putting a temporary building on site to house the new pupils while the building work is carried out.

Headteacher Julie Hickey said the £600,000 project would be 90 per cent funded by the Diocese of Oxford with fundraising to make up the remainder.

She said: “The school has been looking to expand for some years.

“The diocese is going to fund the building of the new classrooms and new office area which we hope will be built next year.”

A recent pig roast at the school, organised by the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association, raised around £10,000 for the project.

The school is also planning a new covered, all-weather sports pitch while inside the school a new state-of-the-art kitchen is being installed to provide hot school lunches for the children.

Around £30,000 in funding for the pitch has been provided by Sport England.

Mrs Hickey said: “We put in a successful bid for the money which came off the back of the 2012 London Olympics. Schools normally receive around £10,000 from Sport England so we were fortunate to receive more.”

She added the school lunches would use local and seasonal ingredients.

 

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