Building work on Clevedon primary classrooms to be complete by November

Head teacher Stephen Webber and pupils Jack, Evie, Milly and Maddie, with TPS Contractors site manag

Head teacher Stephen Webber and pupils Jack, Evie, Milly and Maddie, with TPS Contractors site manager Gerry Tyley. - Credit: Archant

New classrooms at a Clevedon primary school will be completed in November.

Work has been going on at All Saints Primary School, in All Saints Lane, since last summer to create four new classrooms and transforming the nearby Saxby Cottage into an administrative building.

The work began after North Somerset Council agreed a £250,000 deal to buy the cottage from the Saxby Cottage and St Agnes Trust and is expected to allow the school to accommodate three extra pupils in each year group.

Headteacher Stephen Webber said: “The project is progressing well, with all the main structures and partition walls having been put in place.

“The roof is on and the external walls are being constructed.

“The first stage – the four new permanent classrooms – will be ready for the school to use from the start of term two, in November. Then the older Victorian building will be renovated internally and this will be ready for March 2018.

“The children think it is very exciting. Some visits have been made to the site and there have been special assemblies with the site manager.”

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Plans are also in place to renovate the school’s outside play areas when the building work is complete, and it has been named in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme to help raise money for the project.

The initiative provides monthly opportunities for three groups in regions across the UK to win funding worth £1,000, £2,000 or £4,000.

Tesco shoppers can vote for their favourite initiative by using a token given at the checkout each time they shop.

Mr Webber added: “We are delighted that the parent-teacher association has been successful in its application to bid for funding from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

“Once our exciting school redevelopment project is complete, it will be wonderful to have funds available to redevelop the outside play spaces as well.

“Once we have our play spaces back, we will need to ensure they promote positive play and encourage children to be active, as well as being outside learning spaces.

“We will also have a garden, which can promote quiet spaces and areas of reflection.”