Building the school

The school was built in three phases:

Before the First World War this was the first version of the school, stone built, with a slate roof:



Between the Wars they added gable wings on either end of the building, built with 18 “ thick solid walls.



Finally, sometime in the 70s (perhaps) they doubled the area of the building by adding several classrooms, all built with brick cavity walls and a flat roof.

This is the existing plan of the building and notice that it has an internal area of nearly 500 m2. It sits in a 2 acre plot of land.




The present state of the school

Since the last phase of building, it looks as if there has been very little maintenance to the building and it is somewhat dilapidated. It now has two serious problems:

  1. Some of the rooms are very damp.
  2. The heating bill is enormous – about £10,000 each year.

And several minor problems:

  1. The flat roof over the post war classrooms is probably original; it doesn’t leak but it needs to be recovered.
  2. Some of the windows are in poor condition.
  3. The building has external finishes which will be expensive to maintain.
  4. The building appears too large for the current rate of usage.

However, we should not be too pessimistic! We have asked several builders of pre-fabricated community centres for quotations on their building costs, one of which was Benfield ATT Group. Michael Benfield visited our school in December 2019 and volunteered this report:

Taking advantage of the relatively dry weather I visited yesterday. Superficially the structure looks sound and the building very spacious. It would be a pity to pull it down, especially as you already have good spacious parking. Subject to positioning of internal walls it should be adaptable to your requirements.

The next webpage describes how we can fix the two most serious problems.

Fixing the damp and reducing the heating bills