A village primary school’s
£1 million extension has been opened by Earl Spencer.
The 9th Earl Spencer, who resides at Althorp House, officially opened the extension of The Priors School on Friday.
It was his great great grandfather, the fourth Earl Spencer, which was entrusted to the villagers of Priors Marston and Priors Hardwick 165 years ago.
As part of the options available to the free school is a new classroom, library and a brand new hall with gym facilities and a new kitchen.
A corridor linking the new building with the original Victorian school dating from 1847 has also been built.
The school is delighted with the enhanced and bigger capacity.
Headteacher Gary Murrell said: “This is a much more comfortable environment for all of our pupils.
“There are also many improved facilities for them and these will benefit the education of the children enormously.
“The nice thing is that we will be able to attract extra children into the nursery for which there are still spaces available.
“However, we can also extend the school’s catchment area and attract pupils from the surrounding area such as Daventry, Southam and Woodford Halse.
“The opening was a way of letting the community see what we have on offer.”
Earl Spencer opened the new building by cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque and made a short speech to assembled parents, villagers and those who have contributed over the years.