IT was the only school in Sheffield not to have its own hall.
For the last 26 years youngsters at the city’s smallest school, Bradfield Dungworth Primary, have had to use other facilities in the area for PE lessons, presentations and Christmas plays.
But now that’s all changed.
The 115 pupils now have a full sized all-purpose hall worth £500,000, thanks to a grant from the local authority which stepped in after years of fundraising by parents, governors and local people.
And when the grand opening day finally came, it was a great excuse for quite a party.
“It’s been a long wait - we’ve been without a hall ever since Low Bradfield and Dungworth schools amalgamated in the mid 1980s,” said headteacher Stuart Barton.
“Over the years we’ve used Dungworth Village Hall and other local rooms for all the various occasions when we need to get together.
“The creation of a hall is a wonderful resource both for the school and the surrounding community.
“Now children can do PE in a large open space and they no longer have to trek through the village in all weathers to get to the village hall.
“They all eat lunch together and assemblies no longer have to be held in a classroom. And we can’t wait to do our Christmas productions in it.”
Local community groups are being encouraged to use the new building and the hope is local organisations and groups will form closer relationships with the school.
Another big plus is that the hall has a fully fitted production kitchen which is staffed by two local cooks who know all the children’s likes and dislikes.
For the first time school meals are being prepared and cooked on the premises - and as a result the number of pupils staying for lunch has doubled.
The big day of celebrations started with a visit by Lord Mayor Coun Sylvia Dunkley, who performed the official opening by unveiling a plaque.
There was a performance by the children and the parents’ own band and once the formalities were completed, everyone enjoyed a hog roast and refreshments provided by the Women’s Institute.
There were stalls run by the children and local groups, ranging from face painting to beeswax candle making.
And after a show featuring Bagpuss, a barn dance was held as the grand finale.
“The whole day was a very proud moment for the school and our community,” Stuart added.