Felpham school celebrates its extension

The builders at work on Downview school,  joining in their  sports day. Photo by Kate Shemilt ks1500270-2
The builders at work on Downview school, joining in their sports day. Photo by Kate Shemilt ks1500270-2

EXTRA rooms have been added to enable hundreds more pupils to attend a Felpham school.

The additional space has enabled the capacity of Downview Primary School to increase by 50 per cent compared to its current size.

The completion of the major scheme, which cost £3.6m, on time was celebrated at two sports days held at the Wroxham Way school.

The builders from Osborne who had worked on the project since last August were invited to take part in both events.

One race saw them run to pick up a high-visibility jacket and then run another distance to collect a hard helmet before they ended by picking up a brick.

Eight builders took part on one of the days.

John Lippitt, the school’s premises manager, said the occasions were fitting celebrations to the end of the biggest building works since the school opened in 1975.

“The builders have been on schedule all the way through,” he said. “They have done a superb job and the children have coped very well with the work going on around them.”

The additional building will see Downview be able to teach 630 pupils in seven years’ time against its current capacity of some 420 children.

The first three-form intake will occur in September and the numbers will gradually build up as that first intake of extra pupils makes its way through the age groups.

A total of 12 classrooms have been added in a two-storey development along with an extended hall and a new reception area and offices. Ten parking spaces will also be created by the new term.

“The extension will mean a totally new way of life at the school,” said Mr Lippitt. “Nothing on this scale has been done since the school opened. There have been various extensions but this is the big project.”

A bonus of the availability of the new rooms will be the removal of four classes in mobile classrooms on the school’s playground. These were installed about 20 years but will finally go in July 27.

Their site will revert to being part of the school playground.

Pupils will begin their summer holidays tomorrow to enable the school’s staff to start the initial work of moving into the new rooms which will be used straight again. Work began yesterday getting the new offices ready.

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