Alok Sharma, the Member of Parliament for Reading West, on Saturday 6th July 2013, officially opened the Wilson Primary School Summer Fayre.
Attendees were welcomed by glorious sunshine and treated to a range of games and stalls, including a cake sale and a raffle. The fayre was successful in raising over £1,700 for the school.
The visit also provided the opportunity for Alok to see how the school’s expansion works were progressing. The school have already completed works on new classrooms, a new entrance to the school, a new multi-use games area, a new toilet block and the redevelopment of the school playing field. The school is undertaking further refurbishment of the main school building, which it hopes to have completed by the end of the year.
During the planning application process, Alok wrote to Reading Borough Council to support the school’s plans, citing the need for more school places in the local area. The school expansion means that it will soon be able to take on an additional 210 pupils at the school.
Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to open the Wilson Primary School Fayre, held on the school’s newly refurbished playing field. Reading does currently have a big shortage in primary school places so I was pleased to support Wilson Primary School’s ambitious plans for expansion and I look forward to seeing the completed works.”
Chris Stroud, Chair of Governors at Wilson School said: “It was a wonderful afternoon in the sun raising money for the school. Thank you to Alok and all those that came and supported us and particularly to Sue Bull and the rest of the parents and staff that gave their time to make it happen. The new facilities have already transformed the learning environment for the children and we are looking forward to the completion of the final phase and expanding our provision for the local community."
Photo: Alok Sharma playing ‘hook a duck’ with Wilson Primary School head teacher Mo Galway and Chair of Governors Chris Stroud