8 April, 2011
Dear fellow parents, carers and guardians, Uplyme residents and friends of Mrs E’s:
New Member for School Project Team.
We are pleased to welcome Simon Coles to the team. Simon lives in Uplyme with his wife Jane and two young children, both of whom will be at Mrs Ethelstons by September 2011. The Coles family has lived in Uplyme since December 2008, following a 2-year spell in Auckland, New Zealand.
Simon is a Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years’ planning consultancy experience. He is a Director with WYG based in Wellington, Somerset and works on commercial and residential projects in the south of England. Simon’s professional experience could not come at a better time for the New School Project.
In addition to Simon, we have approaches from a number of other local people with additional relevant experience. I will update everyone on our new ‘recruits’ after the Easter holidays.
We do still however have a pressing need for;
• Legal expertise, particularly property law and contract, to help with land acquisition and contracts
• Fund raising, the skills to open the right doors, and secure significant funding for the new school.
Fund raising for the current school is still essential.
Governor Jacqueline Hughes has confirmed; “Although a new school is our ultimate aim, it is important to constantly assess our current facilities and look for improvements to enhance the current children’s education. From this perspective, the school are still planning an outdoor classroom for the children. The PTFA are fundraising to raise some of the capital for the project to go ahead. In this light the new outdoor classroom construction would be made portable, so that it could be transported to a new school site. We are very conscious that all expenditure must be viewed with this in mind as we progress our plans.”
Chair – New School Project Team