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Ground breaking ceremony kick starts expansion at Fairford C of E Primary


From September 2019, Fairford C of E Primary school is expanding and work to build improved facilities to welcome the new intake has begun, thanks to Gloucestershire County Council funding


Fairford C of E Primary currently has 257 pupils. From September 2019, the school will be known as a 1.5 form of entry school starting with the reception class in 2019.

To accommodate the new intake of pupils, construction firm Beard has started work on the school site. The building will be expanded to include a new hall, two new classrooms and two rooms for pre school children. A new entrance and administration and reception area is also included as part of the new build.

The building work got off to a ground breaking start  last week Wednesday 10 October as pupils, teachers and people from the local community joined together to see the first spade break the ground.

Julie Fellows, Headteacher at Fairford C of E Primary said: “Everyone at Fairford Primary is delighted with the news that the county council has given us the green light to begin our expansion. The governors and I believe this will help the school greatly by helping us meet future demand”.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth for Gloucestershire said: “I am pleased that the plans to expand Fairford C of E primary have started. The expansion and improvements will provide more school places for children in the area and provide an even better learning experience for them”.

Cllr Raymond Theodoulou county councillor for Fairford and Lechlade on Thames said: “This is great news for Fairford C of E Primary; it is a wonderful school with good facilities and in order for the school to keep up with the local demand, expansion work needed to be put into motion”.

Marc Bayley, director at Beard said: “We’re delighted to be starting construction on this much needed school extension which will benefit many families in the Fairford community. Our construction team will be working very closely with the school to ensure that the project is delivered with minimum impact and disruption to pupils and staff.”

The money comes from S106 developer contributions and Gloucestershire County Council’s Basic Need Grant funding secured from  Central Government to support the council to fulfil its statutory duty to make sure there are sufficient school places for children in the area.

Gloucestershire County Council is managing the project alongside the school and construction partners Beard.

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