School splashes out with new £2.3m pool
Facility will also be available for community to use
A SCHOOL has opened its £2.3million pool for its pupils and the community to use.
Alfriston School, in Penn Road, Beaconsfield, teaches girls with learning difficulties and disabilities and its pupils previously had to travel to a pool 20 minutes away.
The school has spent years planning and fundraising to bring the multi-million pound scheme to fruition.
Money was raised using grants, but the Advertiser also ran a front page plea for people to get behind the scheme.
The pool is now open and is being used by the school and community groups.
Head teacher Jinna Male said: “At last we have our pool in full action, with all the girls in the school benefiting from the varied range of activities, from swimming lessons to Aqua Fit
As last we have our pool in full action,
with all the girls in the school
classes. The girls love the beautiful design and the trendy facilities.”
The school had said from the beginning it was keen to get the town involved.
Beaconsfield does not have its own swimming pool, unlike other schools in the town.
People have called for a pool during town meetings held to ask what the public would like to see built or provided.
She added: “The pool is also being used by the local community, some of whom attend our swim club lessons during the weekends.
“We also hire the facilities to independent baby groups, whose members are enjoying the stunning setting and ambience.
“We hope that we can now ensure that every one of our girls leaves the school with the important life skill of being able to swim and that the pool will become a real hub for the local community to take pleasure in.”
The design of the pool also won awards for its innovation and was selected for inclusion in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2011.
Do you use the pool? What else would you like to see provided for the community? Email bucksnews@trinitysouth. co.uk.
‘TRENDY FACILITIES’: (Above) Georgina Williams, Cerys Benson and Jade Paysinside the new pool building; (below) the interior and exterior of the award-winning design