Lisa Snowdon opens refurbished Welwyn Garden City school

PUBLISHED: 14:19 16 December 2011

deputy mayor Helen Bromley, head Judith Chamberlain, Lisa Snowdon

deputy mayor Helen Bromley, head Judith Chamberlain, Lisa Snowdon

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IF having a £990,000 refurbishment wasn't exciting enough for a WGC school, they then topped it off by having one of the town's celebrities come along to launch the revamp.

Lisa Snowdon was welcomed to Lakeside School on Friday as the Lemsford Lane pupils and staff celebrated the completion of building works, which saw the school extended by 2,152 sq ft.

The revamp was funded by Brocket Hall club captains, Len Montague and Jennie Lewis Puttick – who selected the school as one of their two chosen charities for the year – the West Midlands Safari Park and an anonymous benefactor.

Judith Chamberlain, headtacher at the school, which provides education for 64 pupils – aged two to 19 – with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times she was “ear-to-ear smiles” about the refurbishment and extension.

“We’ve pretty much extended and improved every section of the school,” she said.

“Before the school was not fit for the children we are serving, but now we have got so much more space and room for equipment, I just can’t keep the smile off my face.

“It’s a real Christmas present and we’re a really lucky school,” she said.

“We had a wonderful day to mark the opening too.

“Lisa Snowdon was wonderful and charming, so it made it very special for everyone; especially the children as she was fantastic with them and we couldn’t drag her away from playing with them!”

Afterwards Lisa tweeted: “Amazing morning opening new extensions of the Lakeside School in WGC, beautiful kids, amazing teachers.”

The improvements include six classrooms extended, a staff work room, a meeting room with training facilities, an equipment room and a fully redeveloped playground, with improved disability access to the woods at the back of the school.

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