School Grounds

Making sure that the environment we provide for our children to develop in is of the highest possible quality is an important part of our work. We believe that our children deserve the very best facilities in which to learn and we work very hard to ensure that we meet this aim.

The challenges are huge, especially in the current economic climate, and funds very limited however this doesn't mean that we aren't doing our best to work in creative and innovative ways to make the most of the money we do have and to try and obtain funds from wherever we can.

This part of our web-site is all about the things we've done in the past and our plans for the future.

Current Projects

We've only just reached the end of the first week of the school's summer break and work is progressing really well.

Roger Andrew's have cleared the site so that foundations can be laid for the steel frame.

Balsdon's have got the roof on the new pre-school room and seem to be on target to finish in time for the start of the new school year in September.
As you can see building works are underway.

Construction of our new Pre-School building is flying along and the building will be finished in tome for the start of term in September.
As you can see from the drawings it's going to be fantastic - which is just as well considering the chaos we've currently got inside school as we store things while Pre-School is built and internal works take place in school.

Demolition is underway so that work can begin on our new hall this week.
We are intending to finish the ground works and erect he steel frame over the summer break so that block work can start.
The project is due for completion just after Christmas.

We can't wait !!!

I’m delighted to be able to tell you that we have been successful in obtaining a grant which will enable us to build a new sports hall.

The school has grown steadily over many years to the point where we were able to open a seventh class two years ago. This was a big step forward because it meant that for the first time all of our children were able to be taught in single age classes with an average size of only 23 children.

We obtained a grant to build these two fantastic new class areas but of course this meant that we had to give up our school hall.

Our governors and staff have been working ever since to obtain the funds needed to build a replacement hall and it really is amazing that we are able to announce the start of this £300,000 development.

In addition to providing a vitally needed indoor sports facility our new hall will also give us plenty of space for school dinners, drama, music, assemblies and school productions like concerts and plays.
In addition to ll of this we are going to be able to finally replace the dilapidated building that playgroup have been working in for many years s that our youngest children get a much better deal.

All in all it’s going to have a huge impact on an enormous range of things that we do in school.

These initial plans give an idea about what we are going to be doing over the coming months.

We’ve already got planning permission and will be going to tender next week so that work can begin in about six weeks time.

The current playgroup room will be demolished at the end of the summer term so that construction of the hall’s structure can take place over the summer break.
Playgroups new room will be up and running by September with the hall being fully completed by this time next year.

School Grounds - Past Work

Our building project was finished on time for the start of the new school year in September 2011.
Thank you to our builders, Roger Andrews, for their hard work.
These pictures were taken during the last week of August 2011, and show the mezzanine floor, the teaching space beneath and the new room all nearing completion!!
These photos show the building project on the 17th August.   The mezzanine floor is almost finished, and the stairs are being built.  The rest of the classroom area in the hall is also well underway.  The new space is also coming on well, with the roof finished, and the roof windows in place!

These pictures were taken at the end of the second week of the holidays.  As you can see the block work is progressing well, and the roof of the extension is beginning to be built.  Inside, the steel supports for the mezzanine floor have been put into place, and the new floor is beginning to take shape.

These photos have been taken at the end of the first week of the holidays.  The demolition and clearing has finished, and the block work has started!

The walls have started to be built, and it is much easier now to see how the new space will look.

The concrete has also been laid for the floor, making the area much more level!


These photos were taken at the end of the first week and as you can see the demolition work has gone really well.
The old corridor has gone and so has the old staff toilet and store and the ground work is well under way ahead of the building work.

 

You may have heard on the “village grape vine” that we’ve had some great news relating to our plans for the development of our school buildings.

We got notification last week that we have been successful in obtaining a buildings grant from the government for £44,500 and this, along with the money we’ve managed to put by over the last few years, means that the first phase of our project will go ahead over the summer holidays.

  • We will be building a big new teaching area at the back of the school where the boilers are and where there are a number of old stores and things like that which will be knocked down to make room.
  • In the short term this will provide an art area and  much needed storage space but we hope that we will soon be able to form a seventh class in school so that the class sizes in Key Stage 1 can be reduced. This extra space will make this possible.
  • We will be developing a proper permanent class base in the school hall and this will include a mezzanine floor which will provide a group teaching area and room for some additional computer equipment.

This is very exciting news and we hope that once it is complete and in use we will quickly be able to move on to our planned campaign to build a new school hall which is suitable for sport.