In April 2010 Armathwaite School celebrated its centenary.The school has gone from strength to strength, with national recognition for its work in Child Initiated Independent Learning and ever increasing numbers on roll.
The aim was to provide appropriate facilities to support the "gold plated " education that Armathwaite School provides.
The problem was that the school had no separate hall, the main room ( Reception and Year 1 classroom ) was used for indoor PE and the Year 2 and 3 classroom for serving food to those eating school dinners.
The school needed a multipurpose hall for
- Christmas and Summer performances
- storage of PE equipment
- after school clubs
It also provided the opportunity to
- improve the kitchen facilities
- build a disabled lavatory to both provide and improve provision for school and community use
- provide the flexibility to create more teaching space
- provide our community owned and run Early Years Facility with daily access to space for physical activities
Requirements from Armathwaite Community
There were also requirements from the wider community of Armathwaite which were not completely met by the Old School Hall. It was unsuitable for active sports such as those needed by the Youth Club,Brownies, Rainbows and Football Club.
It was proposed that the hall would have a separate entrance so that it could be used independently of the main school building, after hours for community groups