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New hall to open at Crosthwaite Primary School
PUPILS at a small South Lakeland school will soon be reaping the benefits of a new hall after a summer of building work.
Crosthwaite Primary School, near Kendal, is set to open its new £300,000 school hall this month.
Funded by Cumbria County Council, the hall will provide a new dining hall for the school’s 65 pupils, as well as an area for sport and further increase the potential for after-school clubs.
“We were at the point when children had to eat dinner in their class-rooms and had to cross busy roads to get to the village hall for PE,” said headteacher Matthew Jessop.
“Walking down the main road in November is not ideal in poor weather.”
He added that a five figure sum had been raised by Friends of Crosthwaite School (FROCS) which would be spent on equipping the hall with ‘every sports equipment imaginable’.
The 15 x 10 metre hall will also feature a new kitchen. The school, which attracts pupils from areas including Crosthwaite, the Lyth Valley, Cartmel Fell and Winster, is undergoing wider developments, including a brand new classroom for Key Stage One pupils.
Mr Jessop said he was expecting 73 pupils to begin the next academic year - as numbers at the school continue to grow.
“Our reputation year on year is growing,” he said. “We are a lovely small school, where everybody gets on and we have a good Ofsted report.
“Put all that together and we are proving to be a popular school.”
Mr Jessop, who is approaching two years in the headteacher role, also praised the team effort of governors, staff, parents and the local community in bringing the new hall to the school.
The hall will be opened on October 25 with a blessing from the Bishop of Penrith.
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