In response to the increase in numbers of young children in Hurstpierpoint, the decision was taken to increase the annual intake of pupils from 60 to 90 from September 2012 onwards. Temporary changes were made to accommodation to take the enlarged cohorts in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Finally, in June this year, the building development to enable St Lawrence to increase to 630 pupils was completed.
On 4th June, the Bishop of Chichester Martin Warner, in company with Nick Herbert MP, officially opened the new buildings. The school now has six new classrooms, a library and a second hall as well as a new entrance and office space. The playing field and play areas have not only been preserved but have seen the addition of an all-weather pitch.
Head Teacher Paul Dyer said: “This has been a huge and complex project but the outcome for the children and families of Hurstpierpoint is outstanding.” Mr Dyer expressed his thanks to the community, especially new neighbours, for their understanding during almost two years of contractors‘ traffic in and out of the school. “Hurstpierpoint has wonderful children who daily display a love of learning and care for each other. They have the facilities they deserve,” he added.
The school is now seeking to raise funds to cover its swimming pool to enable pupils to swim all the year round.
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