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Votes will open the gate

PUBLISHED: 18:09 22 June 2009 | UPDATED: 10:25 11 August 2010

Pupils at Dorothy Barley School looking through the old gates

Pupils at Dorothy Barley School looking through the old gates

A DAGENHAM infant school is in with the chance of winning some much needed shiny new gates - but it needs your help! Dorothy Barley Infants, in Davington Road, is one of ten schools short listed in a nation-wide competition to win a set of impressive g

A DAGENHAM infant school is in with the chance of winning some much needed shiny new gates - but it needs your help!

Dorothy Barley Infants, in Davington Road, is one of ten schools short listed in a nation-wide competition to win a set of impressive gates worth £2,000.

As reported in the POST last month, schools across the country were asked to write 500 words explaining why their school deserved to bag a new front entrance.

Seeing our piece in the paper teacher Rosie Phipps got scribbling and sent her plea to the competition organisers, Cannock Gates in Hertfordshire.

The piece must have impressed the judges, because a few weeks later the school, which is celebrating its Jubilee this year, was told they had been shortlisted.

But to win the new gates they must get the highest number of votes out of all the 10 schools and that's where you come in. To vote for go online to www.cannockgates.co.uk/gate-competition-vote/

Ms Phipps says the old school gates have come "nobly to the end of their natural life."

"The gates are as old as the school, which was built in 1934. They have kept the children safe in the playground and kept the school secure at night for three generations.

"But they are too small for modern delivery vans and fire engines to pass through easily and too old and damaged to open safely.

"A new set of gates would be a fine accolade for our Jubilee year and we would dearly love to win the competition. Please vote for us!" Voting closes June 30.


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