New £1.286million facilities for school
Chalford Hill Primary School officially opens two new classrooms today.
Funding for the upgrade came from Gloucestershire County Council’s basic needs grant (£1.23million) and a further £18,200 from capital maintenance funding. The school themselves contributed £38,600 towards the scheme.
Two temporary classrooms have been removed and replaced with a new purpose built building with two classrooms inside to better meet the needs of the school’s pupils. This also brings all of the school’s accommodation onto one site.
The single storey extension has been designed in keeping with the existing Cotswold stone and includes a remodelled entrance and toilet facilities.
The refurbishment also includes a new hub kitchen which will provide meals to Chalford Hill pupils as well as other schools in the locality. Internal changes to improve the school hall and storage space have also been installed.
Pupils will also be able to hop, skip and jump for joy with the installation of a brand new playground.
A grand opening will be held at the school today (Friday 8th June), where guests will be treated to a buffet lunch prepared in the new kitchen facilities and given a tour of the new classrooms.
Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for skills, growth and development at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The old buildings were no longer fit for purpose. These improvements will mean that pupils can benefit from better facilities and ensure that they reach their potential.
“This represents another fantastic investment from the county council into Gloucestershire’s schools.”
Cllr Rachel Smith, local member for Chalford at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that Chalford Hill Primary School have these new facilities.
“Its really important that children have the right environment in which to learn and play, and that teaching staff have the resources they need to do the job of supporting, developing and educating our community’s children.”
Headteacher Corrine Martin, said: “The new classrooms, hub kitchen and remodelled entrance have transformed provision here at Chalford Hill. The sympathetic design skilfully combines old and new ensuring that our children are now able to learn in a safe, contemporary and inspiring learning environment.
“It has very much been a team effort to realise this vision and we are grateful to everyone involved for their hard work and support.”