Christ Church Infants’ School, in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, has taken a further step towards its brand-new primary school with the Seddon construction team putting the finishing touches to the roof of the new school building.
Teachers and pupils from the school, as well as county councillors and representatives from Seddon celebrated as red balloons were released to mark the topping out of the state-of-the-art new school.
As part of a raft of measures to ensure there are enough primary school places for children in Burton, Christ Church Infants’ School is being turned into a primary school, with the school’s new building being built on the existing site.
The £4 million new school will accommodate 315 pupils and will combine state-of-the-art facilities with innovative design in order to become a focal point for the community.
Headteacher of Christ Church Vicky Anderson says: "We are very pleased to be able to mark yet another important milestone in the school’s exciting future. This development is much needed and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us in making this happen.
"The children have enjoyed watching the work with the opportunity to follow every stage of the construction programme, and are excited about their new school.
"We are all delighted with the prospect of becoming a primary school in September, in a brand new building.”
Staffordshire County Councillor, Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, says: "This really is a fantastic opportunity for Christ Church and the wider community, and I’m delighted with the progress so far. A lot of work has gone into planning primary school places in Burton to cope with the increase in pupil numbers, and this latest development will not only benefit pupils and parents, but also members of the wider community.”
Seddon Construction business unit manager Richard Sapcote adds: "This is a special moment in the construction programme and we are really pleased to have joined with school staff and pupils and Staffordshire County Council to help celebrate. Our team is proud of its involvement in delivering these important new educational facilities for the local community.”
To minimise disruption and to ensure the building project represents great value for money for Staffordshire taxpayers, the current school will remain until the new one is complete. It will then be demolished to make way for additional outdoor playing space.