I met members of Pendeen School’s Student Council last week and they described some of the challenges of their 107 year old building. The school is applying to the Education Funding Agency for a Condition Improvement Fund grant to refurbish the toilets and tackle damp problems.
Chair of the School Council Ewan Simpson and Year 5 representative Billie Hessell (pictured) explained that despite extensive redecoration during the summer, the paint was already flaking from the walls. “We are worried that the school doesn’t feel welcoming to children and teachers when we have old toilets and damp patches” said Ewan.
It was wonderful to witness all the hard work by teachers and children at Pendeen School which is transforming achievement and aspiration. It is now time to invest time and funding into the fabric of the building to ensure these young people have the very best environment for their learning.
I was glad to listen to the views and experiences of our students and teachers and we discussed what support I could give as the school submits this important funding bid.
I'm going to talk to the Department for Education to ensure Pendeen School is not overlooked this time. A petition in support of the Condition Improvement Grant bid has attracted over 200 signatures. If successful, the school will begin refurbishment during the summer holidays 2017.
Pictured from left to right: Councillor Sue James, Ewan Simpson, Derek Thomas MP and Billie Hessell