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Ex-pupil to Complete School Demolition

Crest Nicholson Marketing Manager Mandy Toogood with former pupil Jane BoultonThe demolition of Marlborough’s St John’s School will be completed on Wednesday 26 May by ex-pupil Jane Boulton, who will be manning a JCB to bring down the front of the building to make way for Crest Nicholson’s St John’s Park development.

Jane, who now lives in Faringdon, attended Marlborough Grammar School when St John’s School opened in 1962. She remembers having to carry books from the old Marlborough Grammar School – now St Peter’s Junior School – to the new site. Jane won the opportunity at a raffle organised by developers Crest Nicholson at an Open Day in September where alumni were given one final look around their old school.

Earlier this month another ex-pupil, Beth Pope, demolished the Savernake building of the school – starting at the point many school children fear to go, the headmaster’s office.

Laura Osborne, sales and marketing manager for St John’s Park explained: “The demolition of the school has been a key milestone in the progress of the development of St Johns Park.

“We are pleased that both Jane and Beth were able to take part in this momentous occasion and signal the next exciting phase the development. The school has been such a major part of the lives of so many people in Marlborough and we hope to continue being part of the community with St John’s Park.”

Kate Hunter, development officer at St John’s initiated the raffle that led to ex-students starting the demolition work. She explained: “Thanks to Crest Nicholson offering these prizes we were able to raise £1,000 from the raffle which we used to help equip the new school, and are extremely grateful for their support.”

The Stedman building has also more recently proved to continue being a great resource to Wiltshire as Crest Nicholson lent the building to both the Wiltshire Fire Brigade and Wiltshire Police for training. The police used the building to help train their police dogs in search and rescue techniques and the fire brigade practised their breathing apparatus skills by filling the building with smoke and undertaking practise rescues.

St John’s School was formed due to the amalgamation of the Marlborough Grammar School and Marlborough Secondary Modern School. The upper school was housed in the Stedman building, which was previously Marlborough Grammar School. Current school pupils are now enjoying their school days in a new state-of-the-art school next to the old Stedman site.

The St John’s Park development, which was named by current students at the school, offers homebuyers the choice of 169 traditionally designed properties including three, four and five bedroom houses. There are currently a number of attractive four bedroom properties on offer at St John’s Park, all of which have a garage and parking space. Prices currently start at £259,950 for a three bedroom ‘Kensington’ and range to £334,950 for a four bedroom ‘Marksbury’. For more information, or to receive the new brochure for phase two, please visit the on-site Sales and Marketing Suite or telephone 0870 7531859.

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