400k for village school classroom

Smalley’s tiny primary school has been granted a whopping sum of cash to build a new classroom.

Derbyshire County Council approved funding of £400,000 for Richardson Endowed Primary School on Tuesday.

The school currently has 177 pupils on the role but the main school building, dating back more than 200 ears, only has enough space to teach 157 children and there is only a small staffroom.

The new build will also contain staff toilets freeing up more space within the school to create a larger space for staff and an additional teaching room.

The cash is made up of £303,500 from the council, £36,500 given after a recent housing development in the village, and £60,000 from the school’s own funds.

Developers behind another housing site in the village have contributed a further £90,000 to the school but that money has not yet been released and will be used on a future project.