PUPILS past and present have been celebrating since the completion of a £1million extension at Walkeringham Primary School.
The school was built and opened in 1913 and has been without a main hall for nearly 100 years.
But now, after a grant of nearly £1million from the Primary Capital Programme budget, Walkeringham Primary School has opened a major extension.
The development includes a main hall which doubles as a dining area and gymnasium, as well as a classroom, a music room and a kitchen.
Headteacher Adrienne Allcock said that the entire school was enjoying the extra space, and had even received compliments from ex-pupils and members of the local community.
“The school has been here for nearly 100 years and we’ve never had a school hall, so we’re really happy for this and the extra classroom space,” she said.
“It’s given us the space to separate years three and four from five and six into two separate classes in the morning and the foundation stage children now have the kind of space that they really need.”
Mrs Allcock continued: “The children think it’s wonderful.”
“The first time they walked in and saw everything they just went ‘wow!’”
“We used to have to walk up to the village hall to practice for our Christmas concerts but now we’re free to do that in our own school hall as well as PE and certain events and it’s just become so much better for the staff, children and parents.”
The school recently held an open evening for parents, former-pupils and members of the local community to come along and take a look around the impressive new facilities.
“Some past pupils came to see what’s changed and so many of them said that they wanted to come back to school here!” said Mrs Allcock.
“Lot’s of them brought along black and white photos from the 1950s which we’ve archived, and it’s unbelievable that the school used to be a secondary school as well back then.”
“Quite a lot of people from the local community came along too because they have just been so interested and supportive.”
“There was lots of site traffic going in and out while it was being built but we didn’t have any complaints. People were just very interested to come along and see what it looks like because it’s deceptively large on the inside.”
Mrs Allcock added: “It’s different and wonderful to have so many facilities that these children as well as future generations will be able to use and enjoy.”
“It was a long time coming, but we’re so glad it’s here!”