Mayville High School unveil brand new £700,000 school building

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The brand new £700,000 school building stands in place of the school’s former nursery and pays homage to one of the schools most dedicated volunteer trustees. 

Michael Babcock House has taken just over a year to develop, and yesterday saw the grand unveiling of the new building with current pupils attending the ceremony alongside trustees, teachers, the build team, and architect Mick Morris.

Speaking at the unveiling, Mayville High School Trustee Michael Babcock, said “We’re constantly striving to improve the facilities at the school for the benefit of our pupils, and we hope that you can see what a fantastic job has been achieved with this new addition to the school.

“To make the best of this difficult site took a very special architect and we’re truly grateful to Mick Morris for his clever designs and the extra time that he put into the project.

“I’ve been chair of the trustees since its inception in 1991, but my association as school accountant stretches back some 50 years. It’s been a great honour to have this dedicated in my name, and I’d love to accept on behalf of all school trustees, past and future.”

Attendees to the event were treated to a selection of acts from school pupils including a ballet performance, modern dance, and songs from the school’s choir.

Clive Hartridge, Mayville High School Trustee,  said: “All of the trustees work voluntarily to further the education and offering from the school to the pupils. It’s a great day for Michael who’s helped to guide the school through many ups and downs over the past years.

”We’re also incredibly lucky to have Rebecca Parkyn as Head Teacher of the school. Under her guidance the school has flourished and is producing spectacular results from the pupils exam results, which in some cases were the best amongst any of the local schools, and has resulted in a waiting list for the upper school.

“By expanding the school and providing new facilities for education we’re helping our current and future pupils to reach their true potential. Lastly we’re incredibly pleased to have a former head girl from the 1950s Sue Roper with us today to celebrate the school’s progression. I hope that everyone approves of the changes that have taken place.”

Rebecca Parkyn, Mayville Headteacher, said: “The opening of the Michael Babcock Building is a significant step forward for the school’s development and we’re all very proud to be able to unveil the finished space today. I’m confident that the school’s staff and pupils will benefit.