Friday, 17 November 2017

First class start at new school

A NEW primary school in Charvil opened this week.

A NEW primary school in Charvil opened this week.

The Park Lane school is being run by the Piggott School in Wargrave and will initially cater for 27 reception class children. Over the next seven years, it hopes to build to a full school roll of 210.

The new arrivals were eased into their first week with half-days on Monday and Tuesday before their first full school day on Wednesday.

Among them was Summer Grant, whose great grandfather Edward Thompson was one of the first pupils to attend the Piggott School when it opened in 1940. Her mother Carrie, 33, a hotel worker, of Charvil House Road, Charvil, said: “It’s nice for the village to have its own school.

“As soon as I heard they were doing this I said I wanted Summer to come here. She’s loving it already. When I picked her up on the first day I asked what she had been doing and she said ‘having fun’.

“It’s also great to know she has a place guaranteed at the Piggott School when she reaches secondary age.” The school is to share Piggott headteacher Hilary Winter and Fiona Wyeth will serve as her deputy.

Mrs Winter said: “The first week here has been very good. It’s so calm in the classroom and it feels like a real school already. The first day was a great success. There were only a few tears and those were mainly from the parents!

“This time last year the school hadn’t even been thought of, so in slightly under 12 months we’ve gone from ‘lightbulb moment’ to opening the doors. I am enormously proud of my colleagues who have, especially over the past fortnight or so, done so much work to ensure the school could open on time.”

The school was built to tackle a shortage of school places in Wokingham borough and will eventually have six classrooms, a library, hall and IT facilities as part of a £4million investment by the borough council. Building work will continue until December.

Mrs Winter said: “The contractors had done a great job ensuring the promised bits of the premises were ready and it all ran exceptionally smoothly. We’re looking forward to it all being ours before the end of the year and as long as the autumn is kind they can make good progress with phase 2 of the building project.”

She said staff and children would benefit from having an “all-through” school.

“We can draw upon our experience and a wealth of enthusiasm, expertise and determination to bring success,” said Mrs Winter.

“We can offer the staff opportunities to work across all age groups and provide a unique opportunity to youngsters to be a part of a school from the start to the finish of their school days.”

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