School splashes out with new £2.3m pool

Fa­cil­ity will also be avail­able for com­mu­nity to use

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­

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.

Pho­tos by Huw Pow­ell www.buyapho­ NL201410706

‘TRENDY FA­CIL­I­TIES’: (Above) Ge­orgina Wil­liams, Cerys Ben­son and Jade Paysin­side the new pool build­ing; (be­low) the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the award-win­ning de­sign

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