Some of the first children to attend a brand new primary school on the edge of West Swindon from September had the chance to don hard hats and high-vis jackets to take a peak inside.
Four parents and children were invited to take a tour by construction firm Beards to view progress and ask questions of the headteacher. Building works are well advanced, with handover to to the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust who will run the school expected by August.
Located in the middle of housing, each of the six classrooms will have its own sheltered outdoor play space to complement the grass playing field. The building will generate a lot of its own electricity from large array of solar panels on the roof which will also feature ceiling tubes to bring light into the classrooms.
Ridgeway Farm executive principal Jane Leo, who is also principal of Tadpole Farm Primary Academy, is managing the project on behalf of the academies trust. “It’s a super project and Beards site manager Doug Gray has been really helpful. Having been involved in the opening of Tadpole Farm over the last two years I’ve been able to apply the experience at Ridgeway Farm. I wish I’d written it all down in a manual, but it’s all coming back.
“Ridgeway Farm School is located right in the centre of the new housing development so it will have a central role for in the life of the new community. It’s been designed to be both a school and a place where the community can come together and grow.”
Mrs Leo will hand over responsibility for running the school to her Diocese Academies Trust colleague Carly Luce, who is headteacher of Lydiard Millicent Church of England Primary School, who will be the executive principal for both schools.
Mum Carly Hughes, who moved to Ridgeway Farm from Shaw in October 2015, said: “The school looks really great, a lot bigger than I expected. It’s going to be really exciting for the children.”
Coral Bentley moves to Ridgeway Farm from Salisbury at the end of May because of her husband’s work. She said: “It’s going to lovely for my daughter to start in a brand new school. We were told that the number of children in the first year will be quite low so the starters will receive a lot of attention. It’s really exciting to be part of something new.”
See the building layout at: www.ridgeway-farm.co.uk/school
To enquire about places at Ridgeway Farm Primary, contact Mrs Luce at Lydiard Millicent Primary firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 770571.
Pictured, the visitors visiting the new school with staff and Beards site manager Doug Gray