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Building Alterations and a Lift! (Summer 2007)

After many years, campaigning and planning for a lift in the school, we finally got the go-ahead in the summer of 2007. As a grade 2 listed building, we had to get special permission to have this addition. In the process, we altered several other rooms. The staffroom had been too small for years. This was on the top floor and inadequate for the number of staff we now have. As the liftshaft was going to cut through half of it, we had it converted into an office for the deputy head and SENCO.

Preparing the new workroom The new staffroom takes shape! The Foundation Stage Kitchen is ripped out! The new look Foundation Stage is prepared...
The partition doors needed to be folded back - not an easy job with rusty runners! The downstairs boys toilets looking worse for wear! Looking towards the front door from the site of the lift! Beams had to be cut through on the mezzanine floor to make way for the lift - hard work!

Toilets on the mezzanine floor were completely altered to make way for the lift and improve facilities. On the ground floor, a cloakroom area was altered for the arrival of the lift and our main playground door closed for use. The old nursery room was separated into a workroom and staffroom. The nursery children moved in with the Reception children to make a more effective Foundation Stage Unit. The Foundation Stage kitchen became a new disabled toilet/first aid room and pupil toilets were modernised. When we arrived back at school in September 2007 for the new term, the contractors were still finishing off work, so we spent more time on the staff training day cleaning than preparing for lessons.

Floors are sealed! An boys' toilet on the mezzanine was removed completely for the lift shaft The first floor lift opening is plastered! The old staffroom is cleared to become an office!
Workers' Tools! The old entrance to the boys' toilets! Wet Plaster! It's starting to look better, already!

On December 14th 2007, the new lift was open for use. This was unveiled by one of our pupils, TJ Morfitt and Councillor Mike Ross. Mike had supported us in our bid for the lift and we gratefully acknowledged all his work. The total cost of all the alterations and the lift came to approximately £140,000.
The lift has certainly made a difference to the school, enabling all pupils, parents, staff and visitors to access all of the building. A far cry from the early twentieth century, when one of the headteachers, who was disabled, had to be carried up the stairs by some of the senior boys in the school. Obviously, not many health and safety regulations in those days!

Wiring for the new disabled toilet/first aid room! New stud walls in the boys toilets Lift Opening!


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Headteacher: Mr P Browning
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