Bishop opens new class at school in North Luffenham

Official opening of the new classroom at St Mary and St John Primary School, North Luffenham, by the Bishop of Brixworth, The Rt Rev John Holbrook. From left, back, James Weldon, nine, Isaac Halls, nine, acting headteacher Ashley Scott, the Bishop of Brixworth The Rt Rev John Holbrook, Grace Fadden, nine, and Eliza Cohen-Gregory, nine. Front, Erin Woods, nine, James Merton, nine, Edward Traylen, nine, and Lottie Leonard, nine.'Photo: MSMP260613-001ow
Official opening of the new classroom at St Mary and St John Primary School, North Luffenham, by the Bishop of Brixworth, The Rt Rev John Holbrook. From left, back, James Weldon, nine, Isaac Halls, nine, acting headteacher Ashley Scott, the Bishop of Brixworth The Rt Rev John Holbrook, Grace Fadden, nine, and Eliza Cohen-Gregory, nine. Front, Erin Woods, nine, James Merton, nine, Edward Traylen, nine, and Lottie Leonard, nine.'Photo: MSMP260613-001ow
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Youngsters were proud to host a presentation for a special visitor to mark the official opening of a new school classroom.

Pupils at St Mary and St John Primary School, in North Luffenham, are benefitting from the new facility and Bishop of Brixworth The Rt Rev John Holbrook was on hand to declare it open at an event on Wednesday last week.

The room is an extension to the school building and has been home to a Year 4 class since January after work began in September last year.

Before the new classroom was built, pupils in Year 4 were sharing classrooms with other pupils in Years 3 and 5 but the new room gives the year group its own space.

Some pupils had also been using a small IT suite which had a faulty air condititioning unit.

The project cost £134,000 and funds were raised by parents, pupils, staff and governors through sponsored bike rides, auctions and fairs. The school also received £25,000 from Rutland County Council and a grant from the Diocese of Peterborough.

Acting headteacher Ashley Scott said: “The children have far more space than they had before and it really has had a big impact on them.

“They have the ability to be able to learn in groups, and it’s given them a good springboard to push on with their learning.

“The classroom also has the best views overlooking meadows and village church.”

Those who had helped launch the classroom project were invited to the opening.

The 17 pupils who use the class did a presentation to highlight how much they have enjoyed the new room, and the chairman of the school’s governors gave a talk.

The school council organised a refreshment stall and cake sale at the opening, which raised more than £150 for charity WaterAid.