A West Berkshire special school has launched a £6million appeal as they look to upgrade to a new state-of-the-art building within the next three years.
Mary Hare Primary School launched its fundraising appeal last week to move out of its current site in Greenham and build the new school on its Snelsmore campus.
The school helps primary age children who are deaf, and opened in Pigeons Farm Road in 1996.
However the building no longer suits the school’s needs and is difficult to maintain, so the Mary Hare Foundation has taken the decision to move the primary school to its secondary school site at Arlington Manor.
Mary Hare principal Peter Gale said: “The advantages of moving to a new school on our campus are considerable.
“Not least in making it easier for staff from the two departments to work together and bring their expertise to benefit all of our pupils.
“We have been very happy in Greenham and will keep fond memories of our time there, but it is time for us to have a 21st century school.”
The new school would be built overlooking the secondary school in a horseshoe shape, with classrooms looking out over the countryside and an internal courtyard.
Boarding facilities would be close by, with the aim of providing easy access for children who may have additional mobility needs.
A statement from the Mary Hare Foundation said: “The intention will be to take the best of the old school and put it into a new bespoke building with state-of-the-art speech and language and audiology suites.
“There will be additional space for one-on-one or small group sessions and all rooms will be acoustically treated with up to date modern facilities.
“Significant savings on utilities and maintenance costs will make a huge difference to us.”
Some of the £6million would come from the sale of the Greenham site, and the foundation has set a target completion date of 2020 for the new school.
The appeal launch was held on July 4, and featured guests including Newbury MP Richard Benyon, and school ambassador Pippa Middleton.
She said: “The children’s singing was wonderful and the new primary school project is really exciting.
“The launch has been a great success.”
For more information about the appeal, go to maryhare.org.uk/primaryappeal.