A Northamptonshire primary school has launched a campaign to help it raise £50,000 to convert its empty roof space into new teaching facilities, including cookery area.
Blisworth Primary School is appealing for donations from ex-pupils, parents and local businesses, as well as its own Friends of Blisworth School (FOBS) group.
The building project, which has been named by pupils as “The Big Idea”, will take place in unused roof space in the school’s Victorian part of the building and will include a new area for Cooking and Nutrition classes, private spaces for meetings and one-to-one tuition, and a sound-proofed music room.
There will also be a naturally lit central area to be used for storage for the after-school club, Kidsstop.
Headteacher, Celia Irwin, said: “This is a major build project to enhance and develop the unused roof space and the plan is to create much-needed new facilities that will greatly benefit the children by making more effective use of existing space.”
Blisworth primary school has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted and staff believe that the new cookery facilities in particular would help to further enhance teaching provision.
Mrs Irwin added: “Having the ability to teach cooking and nutrition in dedicated facilities will help to instil valuable life skills for the future, promoting independence and healthy eating choices. It also provides a very practical application of mathematics (weighing and measuring).
“To raise the much-needed capital over the coming months, we are appealing for people from all walks of life to help out. Any donation, no matter how small would be very much appreciated.”
Having the ability to teach cooking and nutrition in dedicated facilities will help to instil valuable life skills for the futureCelia Irwin, Blisworth Primary School headteacher