A SCHOOL is extending the hand of friendship to the wider community to come and use its new facilities.
Gilthwaites First School in Denby Dale has a newly built community room.
The £245,000 building was officially opened by the school’s youngest boy and girl Imogen Smith and Matthew Cornthwaite and oldest boy and girl Matty Bennett and Cara Inch.
And school staff are now encouraging people to come along and see all that the new facility has to offer.
It will be available to hire by community groups.
Headteacher Jackie Wood said: “Our school is situated on the edge of the village and, although we do not have Denby Dale in our name, we are very much part of the village and want to be part of the community.
“We hope the community room will be used for things such as adult learning and classes of all types as well as extending our provision for out of school club and breakfast club in the future.”
The room, which has a separate entrance has kitchen facilities, a toilet and changing facilities and disabled toilet facilities.
It will also have an interactive white board as well as large open plan floor space.
The facilities will allow the after school club facilities to double from around 16 to 30 places and it is also hoped to expand the breakfast club in future.
Funding for the project came from the school itself, national government and Kirklees Early Years Service. It has been built by Milnsbridge builders Illingworth and Gregory.
Anyone interested in the room can contact the school on 01484 222916.