Preshute school governors put the case for a new school on a new site
In the continuing arguments over the plans to build houses and a new Preshute School on College owned land north of Barton Park and College Fields, nothing has been heard from the school itself.
Now the Governors have written an open letter to Marlborough News Online explaining why the school needs to be replaced - and soon. In doing so they reveal that Wiltshire Council has set aside money for the new buildings: "Last year Wiltshire Council earmarked money to build a new school, however this offer won't last forever in these fiscally constrained times."
"We are now at the stage where we must grow to the next level or face the consequences."
They emphasise that they are concentrating on the need for a new school. "...we are not seeking to enter into the 'where' debate but simply to present the case for a new school."
Their letter spells out clearly the problems they face everyday with such old and full buildings: the current school was built in 1845 and now includes some 'temporary' buildings. As with St Mary's Infants and St Peter's Juniors in Marlborough, maintenance is eating into the money they would much rather be using for teaching.
This is not the first time Preshute Parochial Primary School - a Church of England controlled school - have made public the need for new buildings. In April 2014 Marlborough News Online reported that they had found a site away from Manton's busy main street.
The scheme involved difficult land ownership issues, the need for a new bridge across the River Kennet and a new exit onto the A4. And it came to nothing.
The school is now at full capacity. And if or when new houses are built north of Barton Park and College Fields, the need for primary school places will put further pressure on the school.
You can read the Governors' letter here.