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£1 million for new school classrooms
9:10am Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
A LONG-awaited £1 million building project will allow a Malvern school to finally banish the “temporary”
classrooms that have been part of everyday life for the last 15 years.
Preliminary work is under way at Great Malvern Primary School in Lydes Road, with builders set to roll in and start the building project proper at the beginning of November.
The work will see a new six-classroom wing built at the school to replace the temporary classrooms where many pupils currently have their lessons.
It is being funded by a £1 million grant from the Government’s Academy Maintenance Fund – a capital works fund designed to help academies improve buildings and respond to pressure on school space – following a successful bid earlier this year.
Delighted headteacher Paul Jackson-Read called the project “long overdue” and said it would not have happened without the school’s decision to convert to academy status two years ago.
“After months of effort I am absolutely delighted that work has started on this exciting project,” he said.
“The old mobile classrooms are a very poor environment for children to learn in.
“The new six classroom block plus kitchen will enable our year four to year six children to learn in a bright, engaging and appropriate space. It’s what they deserve.”
The building work is expected to last for 30 weeks and Mr Jackson-Read said some disruption is “inevitable”.
But he said the long-term benefits would more than compensate for any short-term problems.
“While I am not looking forward to the inevitable disruption to school life, we are all keeping focused on the superb facilities we will have next year,” he said. “The disruption will be worth it.”
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