MK Community Foundation are proud to have part-funded The Old School Project in Old Wolverton, which had it’s Grand Opening on Friday 3rd May 2019.
The Old School is a Grade 2 listed building located in the heart of the community of Old Wolverton. Over the last 7 years Future Wolverton has raised over £1.24 million pounds to purchase and refurbish the Old School with the dream to bring it back into community and education use.
The Old School has three specific facilities for different uses. These include a Community space for hire in a refurbished former school room, a 3 bedroomed Guest House and a Community Cafe, which is sited in a conservatory style new extension of the building.
A strategic partnership has been established with Slated Row School, a community special school for children and young people aged 4 to 19 which is located right next door to the Old School. The school caters for 182 pupils with moderate to complex special educational needs.
Every aspect of the way the building operates, from the cleaning to landscape maintenance, will be supported by the students. This will enable the children and young people from the Slated Row school to gain invaluable work experience, which will help enable them to secure paid employment when they leave the school.
The project has also been funded by individuals who live in Wolverton, Milton Keynes and beyond, who are community shareholders in the building, as Marie Osborne from Future Wolverton explains:
“We were very fortunate to raise over £120,000 through our Community Share Offer, which gave local people and people from across the UK the chance to invest in the project for a small return. This makes the Old School Milton Keynes first co-operatively owned community building”
The Old School will provide a focal point for the Old Wolverton community, giving long established residents a place to meet up and socialise, and new residents somewhere to find out about the area and participate in community activities. The project will also preserve the heritage of the area, telling the story of Wolverton’s agricultural past, and preserving an important listed building for the whole community to enjoy.
The school’s choir performed fantastically at the grand opening and students from the school also served tea and cake to the people who attended. MK SNAP provided the buffet lunch at the opening, for everyone to enjoy after the official cutting of the cake to mark the opening.
Find out more about Future Wolverton's journey to restoring the Old School here