Children at Oakhurst Primary School donned hard hats and high-vis vests for a tour of their new school building before Christmas.
It was the first time they had seen the back of the building which is being constructed on a site immediately behind the two class temporary school which opened in September on Pioneer Way. Built on two levels the new school will have the capacity for 420 pupils, plus a 52 place nursery, and includes rooms available for use by community organisations.
At present only reception and Year 1 children have been taken in. From September children from nursery to Year 6 will be accepted.
Deputy Head Kasia Wojewodka said, “we’re going to have a grass roof on top of the school as well as decked outside learning areas, which will give us so much more space and range for our lessons.”
“As a community school we have fabulous support from parents, governors and residents. The new community rooms will ensure the school can be used by everyone.”
In the meantime an appeal in the Autumn term to help make the temporary playground more attractive brought an enthusiastic response from Homebase at North Swindon District Centre, right.
Store staff spent a morning digging out a narrow border and planting primulas and shrubs which will be moved to the new site in September. The store also donated a small Christmas tree for the school hall and also a playhouse and a six foot Christmas tree for the playground.
“We’re very thankful to Homebase for their enthusiastic support,” said headteacher Dale Burr.”