IT was a dream come true for teachers and parents at Fernhurst Primary School when two new classrooms were officially opened, making it possible for a one-form entry at the school.
In a ceremony including a song especially composed for the event, West Sussex county councillor Michael Brown cut the ribbons to open the new facilities.
Delighted headteacher Gary Parkes said: “It is the culmination of two years’ planning. When we looked at the numbers leaving and the numbers coming in – in 2013 nine left and 25 came – we knew we had to change, or the cohort numbers would have been substantially larger.
“With help from the county council we have added two new classrooms – and a bigger staffroom for an increased number of staff.
In September, Years 1 and 2 will take over the new classrooms in rooms that open with wide French windows to make it seamless learning with the outside.”
The school will increase its teaching staff to nine, plus headmaster, and its assistant teaching staff to seven, some of whom are allocated full-time to specific pupils.
The old staffroom will become a teaching space for small groups or individuals and the library has been revamped to become the ‘very heart of the school’, with funds raised by Friends of Fernhurst School.
Now the school has 60 Ipads so there is no need for a dedicated IT room and the pupils are ‘more than ready’ for the computer coding to be included in the new curriculum.
Year 5 pupils sang a song they wrote and composed with help in musical workshops from Marco Frankland of Good Gracious Music.
Michael Brown sang the praises of the school which had such a good Ofsted report, happy children and good leadership. Then adults were allowed in to see the new rooms where their children will learn.