Crispin School launch fundraising campaign for £2.2m science wing
By abbie_glasto | Tuesday, March 05, 2013, 11:55
Cirspin School in Street has launched a fundraising campaign to build a £2.2 million state of the art science building.
MP Tessa Munt and Headmaster Paul James with Crispin School students at the fundraising campaign launch for the new science wing
The new building will provide eight new laboratories complete with state of the art equipment, an IT/Data logging facility, preparation rooms and a staff office.
Paul James, Headmaster at Crispin School, said: "Currently our Science results are excellent with 85% of pupils gaining 2 or more GCSEs at A*-C grades in 2012.
"This was achieved against a background where nationally results appear to have declined. However, our current Science facilities are tired and out of date.
"We believe that if we are to continue to deliver excellent results in this area, our pupils need and deserve excellent facilities.
"For this reason we have chosen to make the building of a brand new Science wing, including eight state of the art laboratories, phase one of our building programme and the focus of this appeal."
The school has already raised £500,000 from public donations and has pledged £700,000 towards the build out of its own pockets.
However they still need to raise another £1 million to ensure the project can go ahead.
Local MP Tessa Munt, helped launch the fundraising appeal last week.
"Helping in any way I can with schools like Crispin is one of the joys of my job," she said.
"I know that Crispin recognize the importance of science to the students and ultimately the country.
She added: "Science is fundamental to so much, not just industry, research and development, design, IT and medicine, but the environment where we not only as a country but as a species face so many huge challenges."
Sandra Bartlett, Chair of Governors for Crispin School, said: "Currently our Science facilities are in poor condition, they are outdated, our equipment needs replacing and we do not have sufficient laboratory space to meet future needs.
"I fully endorse this fundraising appeal and hope you will be able to make a contribution to its success."
There are a number of ways you can donate money to the campaign, from gift aid, to standing orders. You can even buy a periodic table plaque that will display your family or company name in the new science block.
For more information on the campaign and ways to donate contact the school on 01458 442714 or e-mail email@example.com.