Teachers prepare new classrooms at Felpham

Teaching staff unpack bozes in one of the new classrooms. Photo by Kate Shemilt  ks1500313-2
Teaching staff unpack bozes in one of the new classrooms. Photo by Kate Shemilt ks1500313-2

TEACHERS have prepared new classrooms at a Felpham school for their first lessons.

They were joined by other members of staff in kitting out the 12 new rooms at Downview Primary School in advance of the new academic year in September.

The initial work was carried out in the final three days of last term last week. Some will take place in the summer holiday as the big day of September 3 nears.

Premises manager John Lippitt said: “We have been moving items out of the old building into the new building. That takes quite a lot of organisation to work out what goes where.

“You start off with a new, large empty room. Then, the fitters go in and it looks smaller and then it’s filled with all the equipment and then looks like a normal classroom.

“It’s still a work in progress but it’s nice to get the new building open and to see it as it’s intended be – as proper classrooms.”

As reported, work on the £3.6m scheme at the Wroxham Way school started last August and was finished recently to enable the school to expand from 420 pupils to 630. These extra children will start to join the school in September. It will gradually fill up as three form entries join each year. Two of the new classrooms will be used for each of Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, said Mr Lippett. That will leave an extra classroom for each which will be used for subjects such as drama.

“That will give us a lot of flexibility,” he said. “That’s something we’ve not had for a long time.”

The additional rooms also mean the end of classrooms in mobile buildings after some 20 years at the school.

Mr Lippett said last week: “The mobile classrooms are now empty. The builders are in removing electricity and other services. They start physically demolishing them next week.”

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