Rachel Hook from the Brentwood Gazette reports how a £350,000 grant has been awarded to Buttsbury Junior School, promising to enhance learning for its 498 pupils.
Thanks to the Educational Funding Agency grant, the school will boast two longer classrooms, a learning resource base, three new smaller learning rooms, storage for the hall and a state-of-the-art IT suite.
The bid was placed by head teacher, Ann Robinson, who is delighted it was accepted.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Mrs Robinson"]This is good news for us," said Mrs Robinson. "We have a very old room. It is rotting and there are cracks in the walls. It is awful. The funding will allow us to build an extension with a new learning resource base with room for 18 children and teachers.[/quote]
Alongside this new facility will be three smaller rooms for group learning. Mrs Robinson continued: "These can be used as small group rooms which will be brilliant."
The school will also be getting additional storage for the hall and a new IT suite. Mrs Robinson said: "Although the equipment is quite new we want to build a new ICT suite to house the equipment. In addition to this, two class rooms which are small will be made wider."
Work will start in September and should be completed by February of next year.
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Mrs Robinson"]I don't think prior to my coming here they had ever put a bid in for it. All the children will be able to use the new rooms and it will enhance their learning. The school will put a little bit in too, as the total project will cost £380,000. We have Ofsted in August so hopefully this will help."[/quote]
Carrie Coughtrey, Year 3 leader, said: "It is great that we will have a new learning centre to help smaller groups of children make further progress at the school. It will be a real asset to us and make the children's learning environment better too."
[quote width="auto" align="none" border="#0066cc" color="#0066cc" title="Quoted by Ben Humphrey"]This will really help the school to look nicer as it is quite an old building. It was extremely kind of the Government to give us the grant that we need to take away the demountable.[/quote]
Ruby Gleeson, also nine, added: "I think there will be lots of room for children to go out and learn in small groups and the school will look nicer too, we are very lucky."
Article and image sourced from Brentwood Gazette