Wilby school appeals for old coins to help pay for extension

A village school is asking people to donate their old foreign currency so it can be turned into new cash to help pay for an extension.

Wilby C of E Primary School was built in 1854 and was funded by the church.

Many extensions have been added to the orginal Victorian building, but an opportunity has arisen for a property nearby to be bought for them which could be renovated and turned into either a new school hall or classroom.

The current hall only just fits in all 91 pupils when they hold their daily act of worship so the school is keen to seize the chance to extend.

Headteacher Lisa Pearce said: “PE lessons are difficult for us to deliver a high quality lesson, especially for the older children due to the numbers of children in the class and the small space.

“Due to restrictions around the site, for example the churchyard, this is our only possibility of expanding.

“This new hall would allow us to deliver high quality PE lessons which would ensure the children’s health and well-being is improved.

“It would also mean that we could hold performances for all of our parents rather than only being able to have one class in at a time.

“The new hall could also be used by the local community. Currently there are no facilities available within the local village and we could become such a place for them.

“It could be used for after school clubs, a meeting place for clubs and societies, somewhere for the elderly to get together.”

Provisional costs are about £750,000 for the project.

As a voluntary aided school, the school has to raise 10 per cent of the costs, with donations already coming in from local firms including Whitworths, Powerdata Technologies Limited, Pallite The Alternative Pallet Company and Pedders and Summers.

To reach their £75,000 target, the school is asking for donations of worldwide current currency in notes or coins and any of the older currency such as old UK shillings, Spanish pesetas and German marks.

The coins and small notes can’t be exchanged in the UK and Spanish pesetas can’t be spent in Spain so are of little value to anyone, but the school can turn them into donations.

If you want to help call Miss Pearce on 01933 276491 or email head@wilby-ce.northants-ecl.gov.uk.