School to prepare for major expansion project

All Saints Primary School.

All Saints Primary School. - Credit: Archant

Work to expand a primary school in Clevedon is set to get underway this summer.

All Saints Primary School in All Saints Lane will be expanded to accommodate between 17-20 extra pupils in each year group after North Somerset Council agreed a £250,000 deal to buy the nearby Saxby Cottage last year.

A further £25,000 was put forward by the Diocese of Bath and Wells for the purchase which also covered the owner’s – Saxby Cottage and St Agnes Trust – costs associated with the sale.

The two-bedroom cottage will be refurbished and transformed into an administrative building while a new two-storey building will replace a wooden, rotten structure next to the playground.

A new outdoor play area could also be created as a result of the work.

A spokesman for North Somerset Council told the Times: “We intend to do some preparatory work over the summer holiday but the expansion programme has not been finalised.

“The programme will involve removing the old, rotten external classroom and store, refurbishing the recently bought Saxby Cottage and extending and refurbishing the existing school.

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“Saxby Cottage was always going to be retained in some form as it is an historic building.

“A planning application has been submitted and is awaiting registration.”

Stephen Webber, headteacher at the school, has assured parents that their children will still get a ‘high quality education’ for the duration of the project which he says will help secure success for the school in future.

He added: “The redevelopment will ensure the long-term sustainability of the school for the children and the local community.

“The new plans will provide excellent learning spaces for all pupils and provide inspirational areas for teachers to engage children in their learning.

“I am keen for the project to commence as soon as possible and with school staff we will ensure pupils continue to receive a high quality education, whilst benefitting from working with the builders and the North Somerset Council team.”