Excitment as school takes shape

Completing the ground works at the new Laburnum Grove Junior School.''Picture by Louise Adams C131434-2 Bog Oct24 Headlines
Completing the ground works at the new Laburnum Grove Junior School.''Picture by Louise Adams C131434-2 Bog Oct24 Headlines
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AN exciting new era is starting to take shape at a Bognor Regis primary school.

As Laburnum Grove Junior School is set to grow, staff, pupils and parents are all excited to see the changes the extended school will bring.

Laburnum Grove Junior School head teacher Pippa Otten with her pupils by the new development site.''''Picture by Louise Adams C131434-1 Bog Oct24 Headlines

Laburnum Grove Junior School head teacher Pippa Otten with her pupils by the new development site.''''Picture by Louise Adams C131434-1 Bog Oct24 Headlines

Workmen are already busy constructing the new building to the rear of the existing school and, once that is finished, the other buildings will also receive a facelift.

The new building will consist of an eight-classroom block which will be used by children in Years 4,5 and 6.

Head teacher Pip Otton said: “It is a very exciting time. Everyone can’t wait for the new building to be finished.

“The added space will mean we will be able to become a full through-primary school and accept children from reception right up to Year 6.

An artist's impression of the new school

An artist's impression of the new school

“I know a lot of the children are excited about having younger ones at the school.”

The improved school will be open in September 2014.

Mrs Otton said she hopes the extended school will be able to serve its community even better than it already does.

“There is a real need for these extra school places. Becuase of the baby boom we really need to be able to extend so we can include reception, Year 2 and 3 classes,” said Mrs Otton.

Eventually the school will be able to accommodate two of each classes from reception to Year 6.

Mrs Otton said: “The number of children will not increase overnight. The school will grow slowly to meet the needs.”

As the new building starts to take shape, pupils are already looking forward to their new school.

The pupils would like to say a big thank you to all of the builders and designers who are helping to transform their new school.

Sam, eight, said: “I feel really happy that we are getting a new building and I am looking forward to meeting new children and making lots of friends.”

“I think it is going to be exciting having a new school and I’m looking forward to having younger children in the school,” said eight-year-old Adam.

Ten-year-old Maddie said: “I am in Year 6 and I am really excited that I may be going in to the new building for the summer term and I am looking forward to coming back as a secondary pupil to meet the new teachers and children.”

“I’m looking forward to seeing the inside – the new colours and furniture,” said Ellie, nine.

Elijah, eight, said: “It is exciting seeing the diggers and the big machinery – every day something new has happened and something has changed.”

“The Mansells workmen are working exremely hard and they are very polite and kind. Yesterday they even kept working through the rain which we thought was really good,” said eight-year-old Jessica.