Thanks to the generosity of their neighbour, a village school now has disabled access and teachers can park safely in the school grounds.
Dallington Church of England Primary School teachers and governors decided to show their appreciation by inviting neighbour Richard Goring to officially open the car park in July. Other guests who helped make the project a reality included governors, Dallington parish councillors, East Sussex County Council and contractors.
Work on the new wheelchair-accessible entrance to the school and the car park finished earlier this year. The car park, which provides 20 spaces, is part of a programme of improvements to the school. Extra work planned for summer will create disabled facilities within the school and include improvements to office accommodation.
Executive head teacher Shirley Frankis aims for all the improvements to be completed in time for the school’s centenary celebrations in 2014. She said: “We are extremely grateful to Mr Goring for letting us use his land. The school had no car park before and our entrance wasn’t accessible for children and staff who are wheelchair users. These improvements are hugely beneficial for the school as well as the local community as it means there will be fewer cars parking in the village high street. Most importantly, the new car park makes it safer for all the children at the beginning and end of the school day.”
Mr Goring said: “I was delighted to help because it’s a brilliant school and I think we should all support our local village schools.” He also praised the determination of chair of governors Sarah Garner who helped to make the car park a reality. “For various reasons it has been about 10 years since I first agreed to help. When Sarah became involved around two years ago, she managed to get around all the barriers that were put in the way and I’m delighted that the car park has now been built.”
Dallington Parish Council clerk Irene Marchant added: “We are delighted the school has at last got its long-awaited car park. This is benefiting the pupils, staff, parents and of course the local residents. The Council is also very aware that the car park adds greatly to the safety of the pupils.”
The school’s SATS results last year were well above the national average and put Dallington in the top 12 per cent of schools in the country.