Bourton primary school cuts the ribbon on improved facilities

 

Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy has made the most of county council funding for much needed expansion work at the school in the Cotswolds.

The new school facilities mean more space for learning and modern cooking, serving and dining areas for children. The school can return one of the rooms being used as a dining area back into a classroom thanks to a hall extension with a new kitchen and servery. The entrance to school has also been remodelled allowing for better flow of pupils, staff and visitors in and out of the building.

Funding was granted last year. The money comes from ‘section 106’ money from developers of nearby housing. This kind of funding can be used in the local area for things like school expansions, community facilities or road improvements. The school has also been successful in bidding for further funding from the Department for Education.

Gloucestershire County Council is managing the project alongside the school and developer Speller Metcalfe. A special event on the 20 September showcased the improvements. Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy invited a whole host of guests to join in with the celebrations.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economy, skills and growth at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It’s important that we have enough school places available. The expansion at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy is great news for the school and this will provide an even better working and learning environment for pupils and staff”.

Andy Metcalfe, Joint Chairman of Speller Metcalfe, said: “We have worked with Gloucestershire County Council through their contractor’s framework for over a decade and were very pleased to partner with them once again at Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy. We are delighted to see the opening of the fantastic new facilities we have delivered for the school and hope that they are enjoyed by pupils and teachers for many years to come.”

There was a local celebrity in attendance, BBC’s Countryfile presenter and Cotswold Farm Park owner, Adam Henson was there to cut the ribbon and open the doors to the new expanded facilities at Bourton Primary Academy.

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, local member for Bourton-on-the-Water, said “It is excellent news that the expansion work is happening, Bourton Primary Academy is a popular and expanding school and I’ve been working with parents and staff to get this in place. It’s really good for the local area.”

John Jones, Headteacher for Bourton-on-the-Water Primary Academy said “Our school environment has been totally transformed and I’m very proud to be opening our new spaces to pupils and families. The new areas allow us to dedicate more space for our children’s learning now and in the future”.

Work is to be completed and the site is to be clear this week.