A complex logistical exercise in expanding Orchid Vale primary got underway in October to transform it to a permanent two form entry school.
The school in Haydon End, which opened in 2006, expanded to a two form intake in 2010 when mobiles arrived on site. These will be removed to make way for a permanent two storey block providing 8 classrooms, a nursery and an assembly room.
This means the children currently in mobiles will transfer to brand new mobiles now being erected close to the school entrance. Work can then start on the new extension ready for use in September.
Commenting on the changes headteacher Debbie Kalynka, right, said: “I deliberately chose to work in a small school when I applied for the Orchid Vale position in 2005.
"The staff and governors have been in a constant state of flux for the last four years as the population grew around the school. But it’s important that we contributed to the rising demand for school places across North Swindon.
“The important thing is to continue organising a lot of activity across the school to retain the special atmosphere we have at Orchid Vale.”
The cost of the current building work is £3.2 million. The school will have space for 420 children plus a 52 place nursery.
Call for new governors
People are needed to fill vacancies on the Orchid Vale governing body. To find out more contact clerk to the governors Anna Richardson via the school on 01793 745006.