New classroom unveiled

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Pupils at Richardson Endowed Primary School in Smalley celebrated an early Christmas gift – with the official opening of a brand new classroom.

A £400,000 project to build the new classroom has included work to transform an existing small classroom into a separate reception and headteacher’s office.

This will see the office previously used by the headteacher, which also served as an administration office and staffroom, can now be used as a one-to-one teaching space and staff room.

The school contributed £60,000 towards the scheme, with £126,000 coming from contributions from developers building properties in the local area and the remaining money coming from Derbyshire County Council’s capital co-location budget.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, the county council’s cabinet member for children and young people, and the authority’s outgoing strategic director for children’s services, Ian Thomas, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening before pupils and staff.

Councillor Gillott, said: “This new classroom will help us give county youngsters the best possible start to their education.

“It’s a lovely, bright, purpose-built learning environment that will really fire up young minds to fulfil their potential.”