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Higher level teaching on new mezzanine floor

Posted by Mark
December 2, 2011 in Community

A tiny primary school in rural Yorkshire has increased its overall space by installing a section of  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring, adding an extra teaching space, a reception area and a staff room.

The extension to Egton School, which is a Church of England Voluntary Aided school, was officially opened by the Bishop of Whitby at a ceremony on 11th November.

Egton School is situated in rolling countryside half way between the seaside town of Whitby and the North York Moors. With only thirty-two pupils on the school roll, the school is one of the smallest in the country and most of the children, who are aged between six and eleven, come from the surrounding villages and outlying farms.

Liz Orland, who became head teacher ten years ago, needed to create more space to separate groups of children undertaking different activities and, realising the potential of the wasted space above the existing teaching area, suggested the idea of a mezzanine level.

Mezzanine flooring has become an extremely cost effective method of increasing useable internal space without extending the physical footprint or outward appearance of a building.

The cost of £115,000 was met by a grant of £100,000, leaving the school to find the rest by organising various fund raising activities. One of the most novel was offering every step up to the new mezzanine floor for sale individually, with local businesses and residents being asked to donate £50 for each step and the name of the sponsor recorded on a commemorative plaque.

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