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Upper Rissington UPDATE

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Parachute Team Drop In On The Rissington School! How appropriate that the village of Upper Rissington, formerly an RAF base and flying school during WWII, saw in the official launch of the new primary school site at Upper Rissington with a special visit from the RAF Falcons, kindly arranged by Upper Rissington resident Wg Cdr Wayne Loxton, CO of the Airborne Delivery Wing at RAF Brize Norton. Head Teacher Mrs Bannister was delighted. “I must thank everyone who helped or attended the Grand Fete at the official opening of the Upper Rissington site. Everyone who came along said how much they enjoyed it; even with the rain there was still such a lovely relaxed atmosphere and an amazing £1,100 was raised for our new library in just over two hours. The icing on the cake was certainly the display by the RAF Falcons to open a school building in an area steeped in RAF history!”

Three of the four classrooms are already occupied by children up to Year 3 and from September, most primary school children will no longer have to make the bus journey to the old site in neighbouring Great Rissington but can simply walk across the fields to get to school. The new building is one of the most important developments in the planned expansion of the old RAF village, supporting around three hundred new homes, with a central market square of shops and a new village hall. As Upper Rissington continues to grow over the next two years, soon the school will become full. Fortunately the new site has been designed with extension in mind – good news, given it also provides wrap-around care with a breakfast/ after-school club, and a nursery. The government recently doubled free pre-school education to

Head Teacher Liz Bannister and Chair of Governors Colin Campbell flanked by the RAF Falcons Display Team

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“My thanks go to Kier Construction for such a wonderful building! The last two years have seen an enormous amount of work to get ready for this big day and everyone can be duly proud of such a wonderful result.” Colin Campbell, Chair of Governors

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