School’s extension is enjoyed by children

From left by the new lockers are: Holly Woodruff, Maddie Long, Rhiannon Leaman and Evan Goble SUS-150202-142419001
From left by the new lockers are: Holly Woodruff, Maddie Long, Rhiannon Leaman and Evan Goble SUS-150202-142419001

PUPILS are settling in to their new classrooms at an extended school.

A major extension has added nine classrooms in a modern building at Edward Bryant School.

A second school hall, new offices and a revamped play area have also been created in the multi-million pound scheme at the London Road site.

This will enable the school’s capacity to increase from the current 505 pupils to 630 as the extra third class for each year group continues to progress through the school to take the eventual total to 20 classes.

Head teacher Cathy Williams said the new facilities, which opened at the start of this term, had been eagerly awaited.

“It’s been such a great investment in the school for the current children and the next generation in Bognor,” she said.

“We are looking forward to a new library being completed and there will also be a new adventure playground, which will be the icing on the cake.”

She thanked parents of the children, aged four to 11, for their patience while the long-running building works took place in the school’s grounds.

“We have been so grateful to parents as it has caused a lot of upheaval,” she said.

Year-5 pupil, Maddie Long, ten, said going to school in the new building was exciting. “It was gobsmacking to see the new building,” she said.

“All we heard was a lot of drilling last term and, when we came in, it all smelt very new and we even have lockers and a studio for music and drama.”

Fellow pupil Evan Goble, also aged ten, said he was really excited to get back to school to see the improvements. “I wanted to see what the new building looked like, and when I saw it, I was speechless,” he said.

A West Sussex County Council spokeswoman said the budget for the school’s extension was £3.95m.

The school is a founder member of the Schoolworks Academy Trust.

Its main building dates from 1968 when it replaced the Lyon Street Primary School.

The latest extension is among the subsequent additions to that building.