Celebrations at the opening of new Rogate classroom

Head teacher at Rogate Primary school, Mandy Hall, together with pupils, governors and teachers opened the new classroom PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT C140994-1 SUS-140711-163500001
Head teacher at Rogate Primary school, Mandy Hall, together with pupils, governors and teachers opened the new classroom PICTURE BY KATE SHEMILT C140994-1 SUS-140711-163500001

ROGATE CofE Primary School celebrated a milestone with the official opening and blessing of a new classroom.

The school has been on quite a journey over the past six years.

With less than 40 pupils attending in 2008, West Sussex County Council threatened to close the school.

But thanks to the tireless work of governors, staff, parents and the support of the community, the school was saved and its future secured. It has since gone from strength to strength, with numbers rising steadily and an Outstanding Ofsted report in 2011. The new classroom will allow the Acorns reception class to have their own dedicated space.

The class of 15 now has a large and airy classroom as well as a newly-created all-weather outdoor learning area complete with shelter, track, tepee and shop.

The whole school, parents, governors and guests gathered outside for the official opening and blessing ceremony.

The Rev Edward Doyle blessed the classroom before the ribbon was cut by 11-year-old Fern and James, four, the oldest and youngest pupils.

The reception class sang a specially-prepared song and then everyone enjoyed cake and refreshments.