THE paint is barely dry at the new Huntingtower Primary School and already the PTFA has raised £10,000 for new equipment.
But its work is not stopping there as in the next 12 months it intends to raise around twice that to totally refurbish the school hall, the only place that remained untouched during the rebuild.
Headteacher Mark Anderson said: “The school is looking fabulous. The children absolutely love it. The PTFA has done such fantastic work getting £10,000 in 12 months.”
The school now has bigger, purpose-built classrooms, a new library and it will have a new playground when the work is complete in February.
Mr Anderson said: “We have had to move around and it’s been very difficult. We’re having a big push now for the hall. Technically speaking nothing is wrong with it but we are left with a fantastic new school and a hall that in comparison needs work.”
Chairman for the PTFA Alison Willesdon and her colleagues have worked hard arranging events to raise funds but she has a lot more planned over the next 12 months to get the hall to the high standard of the rest of the school.
She said: “It’s going to be a lot of hard work. We’re going to have to be very creative as to how we go about it. We’re also looking to see if we can get match funding.”
As well as improvements to the school building, Ofsted has noticed it is making good progress.
In the latest report, released earlier this month, it received a ‘good’ report and the staff are delighted with the good progress that the inspection team identified.
Mr Anderson said: “It is testament to the commitment and hard work of not only the staff but also the broader community to make Huntingtower a good school with some outstanding features.”
Central to the report was the leadership shown by the senior team who lead teaching and learning at an outstanding level. Attendance, attainment and community cohesion were reported as satisfactory.