Twyford school celebrates new £88,000 classroom

Will Taylor

A new £88,000 classroom at Polehampton Junior School was completed last week after parents, foundations and businesses helped raise cash.

The Jubilee Classroom, named for the fact the project started in the Kibblewhite Crescent school's 50th year, was unveiled at a ceremony on Friday, after it was completed the day before.

Work began in August following a £25,000 investment by the school, and months of fundraising activities by the PTA, which raised the rest.

Its campaign helped bring in a £20,000 donation from the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation made this year, and sizeable sums from the Shanly Foundation and the Berkshire Masonic Charity.

It will be used as a cooking classroom as well as a space for small group meetings.

Headteacher Penny Litson praised the PTA's fundraising efforts, which were managed by Judy Turton, the group's former chairman who stayed on to help direct the project.

Mrs Litson said: "For those of us who have been involved along the way, this classroom will always be a particularly special place.

"On behalf of all the future generations of Polehampton pupils whose learning will undoubtedly be enriched by the addition of this classroom, I would like to say a massive thank you to the PTA, to Judy Turton and to everyone who has so generously contributed to turning the idea into a fabulous reality."

The PTA put on events such as a Danceathon and 1960s disco, as well as a buy-a-brick scheme that encouraged people to donate to the classroom's construction fund.

It ran the campaign for about 18 months, after Ms Litson approached the group with the idea in 2014.

Judy Turton, the former chairman of the PTA who stayed on to help direct the project, said she was 'pleased' with the efforts and that her children at the school 'loved it'.

David Brownlow chief executive Alexander Barfield said: "We are delighted to have contributed towards the buy a brick campaign, and pleased that our donation has helped to construct this much-needed additional space for learning."

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