Pupil power as Letchworth school gets funding for new windows

PUPILS at a primary school who have been campaigning to have their 60-year-old windows replaced received some good news yesterday (Wednesday) as they heard that part of the funding had been secured.

Following our report in November, which revealed that up to �100,000 of government funding for replacement windows at Letchworth GC’s Wilbury Junior School had been removed, Year 6 pupils at the Bedford Road school launched a petition and contacted The Comet about their plight as part of the ‘Windows for Wilbury’ campaign.

“The windows look scruffy and old and make us not feel very proud of our school building,” said a group of Year 6 pupils in a letter to The Comet.

“In the school hall it’s really cold in the winter and really hot in the summer. This affects the way we sit in assembly and causes teachers to get cross.

“In the classroom we can’t concentrate properly because it is either too hot or too cold as well. Do you really think it’s fair to affect our learning just because of some old windows?

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“If we don’t receive a grant from the council, we will have to raise all of the money ourselves.”

Now it appears their wishes have been granted as the school were told yesterday that Herts County Council would be providing funding to replace the windows in the hall and the classrooms.

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The total cost of replacements is likely to cost �100,000 with funding still required to replace windows situated on the school’s corridors and staffroom, which were installed when the school was built in 1949.

Reacting to the news, headteacher John Cattermole said: “We’re absolutely delighted that our campaign has paid off and I’d like to thank the children, governors, parents and staff who supported the campaign. It’s been an opportunity for the whole school community to come together for this very important issue.

“We’re delighted that Herts County Council have reached this decision and they have been very supported of us and the school’s position.”

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