Milton Keynes primary school parent is to donate and build an outdoor dome classroom

    A local parent has set himself a project to build a new classroom for Portfields Primary School in Newport Pagnell.

    The 16sqm geodesic dome will be used by staff and pupils during lessons, providing some extra much-needed teaching space. Paul Gordon, who has a daughter at the school, will be building the classroom and is turning to the Newport Pagnell community for help.

    "Even with giving my time for free it will still cost a little to make this project a success," Paul said. "So I’m hopeful that the parent community can come together.

    "I’ll be setting up a crowdsourcing page for any donations towards the cause. Any money left over after I’ve made the dome will be used to make desks and benches."

    Portfields Primary School is "delighted" that they will be receiving the dome classroom. Sarah Folkard, the Headteacher, told MKFM: "We are very excited for this project to provide a creative learning space for groups of children in an outdoor environment. Over the years, we have been so grateful for the very generous donations of time and money from our community and friends (FOPs) which have allowed us to provide additional resources and opportunities for our children."

    Residents have also stepped forward saying they will help with the construction of the classroom; Paul is looking for tradesmen to help, and for people to help supply the materials for the build.

    Paul continued: "The people of our town have shown exceptional kindness and community spirit during the lockdown, so I know that we can make this work! Let’s help the school, to help our kids to get a safe education."

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