New school building is officially opened

Wellingborough Freemans School, Wellingborough, celebrate the opening of new school extension. Pictured cutting the ribbon is long-serving member of staff Mrs Diane Pinnock, pupil Callum Czajkowski, Mayor Bhupendra & chair of governors Tim Allebone.
Wellingborough Freemans School, Wellingborough, celebrate the opening of new school extension. Pictured cutting the ribbon is long-serving member of staff Mrs Diane Pinnock, pupil Callum Czajkowski, Mayor Bhupendra & chair of governors Tim Allebone.

STAFF and pupils have celebrated the official opening of a new £190,000 school building.

The new extension at Freemans Endowed Junior School, Westfield Road, Wellingborough, was officially opened on Thursday.

Office and staff rooms have been moved to the new building, which includes some renovated loft space.

Headteacher Janis Zakis said the move had improved school facilities for the pupils as they now have a larger breakfast club, a special educational needs area and more spaces for small groups and one to one tuition.

Mr Zakis added: “We are delighted with our new extension which has immeasurably improved facilities for pupils, staff and parents alike.

“The school governors have saved capital over the last five years in order to realise this project.

“Unfortunately national austerity measures means that capital spending has been slashed dramatically in schools and projects such as this will be less common place in the future.”

The school’s former bursar of 25 years, Diane Pinnock, had the honour of officially opening the exentension.

Mayor of Wellingborough Bhupendra Patel and the school’s chairman of governors, Tim Allebone, also attended the opening ceremony.

Youngster Callum Czajkowski also helped cut the ribbon in his capacity as pupil representative.

The building was designed by local architect Toby Pateman and built by local firm AP Lewis & Sons Ltd.

Mr Allebone said: “We are all very pleased and very proud of our new extension. I think it came in under budget and on time.

“It’s given us more space, as we have got space for another three or four classrooms.

“Our architect encouraged us to think outside of the box. He said we had a lot more space in the loft so why not make use of that.”