A PRIMARY school has launched a £250,000 fundraising drive to build a new hall.
Byfield School is kickstarting the campaign with a Three Peaks Challenge by a group of dads at the end of the month.
Parents at the school decided to start fundraising to replace the current hall which is ‘cold, damp and mouldy’.
Part of it had to be fenced off a few months ago due to the dangers of falling render and brickwork. And the foundations have cracked so the floor can only be periodically patched up.
Northamptonshire County Council no longer maintains school buildings directly, and the amount the school receives for maintenence wouldn’t cover the cost of repairs.
PTA chair Fiona Jones, who has three children at the school, said: “The school has come to the conclusion that any work carried out is throwing money into an ever deepening pit and a replacement hall is needed.
“The condition of the hall has long been a major concern for staff and parents. You can tell if your children have been in there for assembly or PE because they come home with their hair and clothes smelling damp and mildewed. They deserve better.”
The Three Peaks hiking team will consist of Dewi Jones, Andy Cox, Phil Smith, Julian Pollard, Iain Black and Pete Tiffen, with the challenge taking place on May 25 and 26.
They will have a support team of Mark Challice and Patrick Stone offering refreshments and driving the 450 miles between Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.
Click here to sponsor the team.