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Long awaited new school hall at East Markham Primary School

13 July 2021

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Chairman of the children and young people's committee East Markham Primary School Headteacher and pupils East Markham

Pupils and teachers at East Markham Primary School are thrilled with the opening of their new school hall.

The expansion at the Grade II listed Victorian building has been the subject of a long campaign by Nottinghamshire County Council, the school being one of only a few in the area with no school hall.

Councillor Tracey Taylor, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said that the “fantastic expansion had been a long time coming”.

Cllr Taylor added: “The school has campaigned over the years with great tenacity and with help from local councillor John Ogle”.

The building, as well as a new classroom and upgrade of the school’s dining facilities, was funded with £1.4m from the council’s basic need fund.  

Headteacher Mrs Laura Duggin said the staff and pupils at the community school, which is maintained by Nottinghamshire County Council, were “delighted with its new hall, classroom and kitchen and are looking forward to using these facilities for many events in the future”.

Mrs Duggin added: “It’s such an invaluable resource for us. We’re growing in numbers as a school and we’re so excited for the benefits that the new hall will bring to our community.

“It means that children can have their lunch together, be taught top quality PE lessons in bad weather, perform plays and concerts on the school premises and have an appropriate space to meet and hold celebrations, such as good work assemblies.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunities our new space allows us and are excited to use this moving forward”.

Freya (Year 4) and Dixie (Year 2) love their new school hall because they can now “eat lunch and talk to [their] friends”.

Seth (Year 1) and Billy (Reception) like its “big windows” and how they can now partake in “lots more activities”.

The extension was designed and delivered by Arc Partnership, a joint venture formed by Nottinghamshire County Council and SCAPE, which delivers design, construction, and asset management services to the council’s property portfolio.

Sara Williams, Head of Pre-Construction at Arc Partnership said: “We are very proud to have designed and delivered the hall extension, classroom and kitchen, providing an invaluable resource for the pupils and teachers at East Markham School.   

“Building our experience in the heritage sector and working with Nottinghamshire County Council, G F Tomlinson and East Markham School, we’ve created a truly collaborative working partnership which has delivered a complex project on schedule.”

As a result of the new additional space, the school’s published admissions number (PAN) has risen from 20 to 30 pupils, which sees overall capacity rising from 150 to 210 from reception to year six (ages four to 11).

These additional places will help meet modern demographic needs of the Tuxford Primary Planning Area - comprising of East Markham, Dunham C of E and Tuxford primary schools.

It has experienced significant growth in the past ten years due to housebuilding in the area and this trend is expected to continue.

The new school hall and improvements to kitchen facilities will see an increase in the number of children having school meals whilst at school.

For further information contact Catherine Kelly on 0115 9772424 or email

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