LETTER: Long wait for new premises

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Regarding your article on page 36 of the August 11 Middy: 1986 may have been a good year for other schools, but it was an exceedingly disappointing year for us in Ardingly, especially for our Year 6 children who were expecting to be taught in the new school but left in July 1987.

Hiltons did work on our new primary school for 46 weeks, but then went into receivership, and we had an agonising wait until another firm completed the building, which eventually opened on 1st November 1987.

You reported that we had been awaiting a new building for 20 years.

We were actually first promised a new school in the early 1950s (which I would have attended), the one we were using having been built in 1848! (A 35 year wait ensued.)

At the time my mother said, “Oh well, it will be there ready for your children.” My children, too, came and went long before the school was built!

In 1974 when, at last, we were top of East Sussex County Council’s new schools waiting list, the county boundary was moved, and we were thrust into West Sussex and pushed down the list.

Happily both my granddaughters had the pleasure of attending the (not so) new school for their primary years, in the 21st century.

Barbara Lucas

(Welfare/Teaching Assistant, St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Ardingly 1977-2002) Oaklands, Ardingly

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