New Marlborough St Mary’s School on target and ready to open in September
The new £7m Marlborough St Mary’s School, which will provide places for 420 children from reception to age 11 (Key stages 1 and 2), will open on September 6th. Wide eyed pupils are being given tours and are eagerly anticipating moving into their spacious new school.
The playing field has been seeded, trees and bushes planted, and the playground and pedestrian walkways created, complete with submerged rainwater tank for drainage.
New homes for the bats, currently residing in the roof of the existing school have been provided with strategically placed bat boxes in the new building. Four log piles will provide homes for a variety of wildlife, including any remaining slow worms, of which 311 were relocated when work began on the building last August!
All the classrooms, which are centred around a resource centre allow access to outside spaces, complete with sun canopies, to encourage learning beyond the classroom.
The Junior wing of the school has a blue colour scheme and will be called Kennet. The reception and Years 1 and 2 wing will be called Savernake and have a green colour scheme. All the classroom names will be selected by the children to reflect either river or forest creatures respectively.
Mark Thomas, chair of the governors told Marlborough.News: “ I come here once a fortnight and every time I come there are massive steps forward. I am really proud of what we are achieving for the children of Marlborough.”
Fundraising has begun in earnest and the school has set a target of £75,000 to fully equip the new school. The school has been very pleased to receive £4,944 from the Lions Club for audio/visual equipment for the school hall and £4,000 from Friends of Savernake to equip the Sensory Room. Other sponsors include Earthline - £2,000, Tonic Construction - £2,000, George Estates LLP - £500.
Friends of Marlborough St Mary’s raised over £1,000 from a Curry and Quiz evening on May 7th at Marlborough Rugby Football Club. Marlborough College donated £100 towards the food and Marlborough College chef, Chris Wyatt, cooked it.
The Mayor’s Cricket Match on July 5 will fundraise for PE equipment.
The school hopes that the various bids it has submitted will be successful in contributing a further £35,000. ,They are grateful for the help and support received from councillors.
Parent, Jennifer Horton told marlborough.news: “We are all very excited. The new school is something the community has been working towards for a very long time. We’re working very hard to make the school the best it can possibly be.”
Janneke Blokland, governor in charge of fundraising, said: “We are very encouraged by the donations already received. However, we are still looking for funding for furniture and IT equipment. It would be such a shame to have to use the old furniture in such a lovely new building.”
Further donations and/or sponsorships however small are welcome. Local groups who would like to contribute to fundraising are also encouraged to make contact.