School marks completion of project to suit 21st century

Reception pupils at Mrs Mary King's CofE Primary School, Martin, with headteacher Andrew Sewell, chairman of governors Jo Slesser, director of children's services for Lincolnshire County Council Debbie Barnes and retired class teacher Sue Kent.
Reception pupils at Mrs Mary King's CofE Primary School, Martin, with headteacher Andrew Sewell, chairman of governors Jo Slesser, director of children's services for Lincolnshire County Council Debbie Barnes and retired class teacher Sue Kent.

A village primary school has celebrated the completion of a three-year project to bring its Victorian classroom facilities into the 21st century.

Mrs Mary King’s CofE Primary School, in Martin, held an official unveiling event last Tuesday when director of children’s services at Lincolnshire County Council Debbie Barnes was invited to open the newly renovated reception class room.

Headteacher Andrew Sewell took charge of the school three years ago when it federated with his other school at Walcott.

Since then they have found the capital funds necessary to renovate all three of the old Victorian classrooms.

He said: “The room was originally a bare brick Victorian classroom from when it was built in 1842.

“There was damp coming through the walls and the ceiling and lighting was very poor.”

The room has been stripped out, the walls have been insulated and dry-lined to make it more heat efficient in winter and the new lighting is modern and brighter 
generating a nicer atmosphere.

Mr Sewell added: “We consulted with the staff and children and they wanted a mezzanine area at the back of the class as a rest area and library and underneath they have a light and power for a den and CDs for imaginative play.”

Work was completed during the summer holidays, including getting it fitted 
out with furniture and resources.

Mr Sewell said: “One of our aims is to improve the way we encourage children to use language and speech early on and we have created an environment which will really promote those skills.”