Preshute primary finds roomy site for school to move
3:00pm Friday 11th April 2014 in By Anna Mauremootoo, Senior reporter for Marlborough and Pewsey
Preshute Primary School could be on the move in the next two years, now land next to St George’s Church in Manton has been earmarked for a new building.
If the land proves viable, it could get away from the busy High Street by 2016.
The single-storey school would remain the same size, with seven classes and 210 pupils, but would have room for more car parking and possible future expansion.
Chairman of the school’s governors Zoe Garbutt said: “We are delighted but obviously we recognise that this is just the feasibility stage at the moment.
“We are constantly looking to improve the school and this is the most recent stage in that process.”
The Local Authority has been looking for suitable land for the new build in recent decades and this is the latest patch to be explored.
In a letter to parents, headteacher Celia Hicks said: “The proposed site will allow us to move to a purpose-built school, offering dual use of facilities for the church and the school that will allow us to realise our dream and could see a new flagship venture at the heart of the parish.
“We now have a one-off opportunity which would offer a superlative learning environment for our children in place of a deteriorating, inaccessible and overcrowded accommodation, while at the same time making Manton village a more pleasant place to live.”
Parents will be able to look at preliminary plans for the new school, which will be financed by the local authority and the church, at the start of next term.
In order to secure access and ownership of the land, the school will have to negotiate with two local landowners.
The land that the school is currently on is owned by Salisbury Diocese and if plans to relocate go ahead they would decide what to do with the existing building.