Major improvement programme completes at Bourton Primary
Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy has welcomed pupils into their new classrooms following the completion of a major programme to expand and improve facilities at the school.
The academy, which is situated in the picturesque Cotswold village, has now moved into its new Early Years and Reception classrooms in the final step of the £1.8m three-phase construction programme, expanding the school so it can admit 45 children per year. Alongside new classrooms, nursery and pre-school facilities pupils have been taking advantage of their brand new play area, which was completed in addition to improved drainage and a new mains supply to bring utilities up to date.
John ap Robert Jones, Headteacher of Bourton Primary, said: “We are delighted with the finished project and now have classrooms that are spacious, bright and cheerful. Our special thanks goes to all those involved in the build for their work, efforts and excellent liaison with the school.”
Cllr Patrick Molyneux, cabinet member for education, economy and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The new facilities at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary are fantastic and mean the school can accommodate the growing numbers of children in the local area. This £1.8 million project is just part of the £100 million we are investing into our county’s schools to give all children the education they deserve.”
Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, county councillor for Bourton and Northleach, said: ““Bourton Primary School is a thriving education hub for local children. It has expanded a lot in the last few years and this latest addition underlines how important it is for Bourton and surrounding villages.”
Speller Metcalfe worked especially closely with the school which remained open during the majority of the building work, with staff and students able to see their new facilities taking shape.
Alongside the recent classroom additions, previous phases have included extending the original Victorian school building to provide a new entrance foyer, and internal remodelling to form new offices and a classroom, as well as the addition of a new kitchen, servery and store room.
“Speller Metcalfe has been working alongside Gloucestershire County Council and the school over the last three years to help create a space that truly meet the needs of the pupils and staff,” said Andy Metcalfe, joint managing director at Speller Metcalfe.
“It is incredibly inspiring to see the realisation of this project, which will support so many families from the local area and enable the school to provide the best facilities for its pupils.”
Speller Metcalfe was selected for the scheme through the Gloucestershire County Council Major Construction Works Framework, which follows appointments to other school projects at Leckhampton C of E Primary School and most recently The Cotswold School.