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Opening of the new classroom

It was lovely to see so many from our school community, from the village and further afield at the official opening of our classroom. The Governors and I were so pleased to be able to thank them for the support and encouragement that enabled us to follow through on the building of the new classroom.

We are very conscious that we are the latest custodians of the school carrying on the work started nearly 300 years ago by Robert Pleydell. It was he who in 1722 established our school in a converted barn and over the years each generation has changed, built and enhanced what he started. Then it was our turn with our beautiful new classroom. We would dearly like to think that Robert Pleydell would be very proud of what we have achieved.

We have achieved it in just two years which is truly remarkable and that it due the help and support of so many, and for which we are forever grateful.

Alan Tompson has been a huge part of the build right from day one. He listened to what we wanted, drew up the plans and successfully submitted them for planning permission.

Friends, the amazing group of parents, worked solidly for two years fundraising in the most fun and creative ways.

Our local community need a special mention as they gave to the fund through donations, time and words of encouragement. We have such lovely memories of the village coming together for the Easter egg hunt.

Thank you to the kind and generous individuals and groups both local and from out of the area who believed in our project.

We are grateful to the Robert Pleydell Educational Charity, the trustees of the school, for the loaned of £10,000 towards the new classroom. Martina needs a special mention for her enthusiastic and supportive link between Pleydells and school which enabled the project to move quickly on.

Finally, many thanks to our Governors Rosemarie, Mike, Andrew and Andy who were so supportive in meetings with the contractor and helped it to keep the build on track.