Shortstown Primary school took another step closer to completion with a turning of the sod ceremony held on Thursday 18th October. The Mayor Dave Hodgson attended the event, alongside Cllr David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Education. The new school is to replace Shortstown Lower School and will open for September 2013.
Work has started on site and will cost circa £6.45 million to complete the build, constructed by Willmott Dixon. The new school will be a 2 form entry Primary whereas the current school is a 1 form entry Lower School.
The school will accommodate an increase in school-aged children due to housing development in the locality.
The Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said: “This is a major investment in the education of the children in the growing community here, and it was great to see children from Shortstown Lower school put the first spade in the ground themselves. I look forward to seeing the progress of the building work over the months to come as the new school takes shape in advance of its opening next September.”
Denise Cottam, Head Teacher said: “It was a very exciting time for the school and the children to be the first to set foot in the new school and break the ground. They will be the first year 5 class in the New Shortstown Primary. Thank you to all of the Willmott Dixon staff who made us feel so welcome. Onwards and upwards.”
Chris Tredget, MD of Willmott Dixon, and Borough resident, said: “I was so pleased to welcome everyone to the site to celebrate this milestone in the process, particularly the children who were brimming with enthusiasm. Our team is determined to deliver a superb facility for the community that they, the Council and everyone that is involved in the project can be very proud of. I am really pleased Willmott Dixon have been chosen to deliver these important education projects right on my own doorstep."
Pupils will move from the existing Shortstown Lower School to the new Primary School during the autumn term, 2013.
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