Pupils from Marston Moretaine get a first glimpse of their new school building

Pupils from Marston Moretaine get their first glimpse of their new school building

The youngsters from Church End Lower School were the first from the school to look around the new building at the Forest End site.

Head teacher Brian Storey said:

“It has been very exciting for all the children to watch a new building materialise before their eyes. The new classrooms will be home to Year 2, 3 and 4. Each room will be an amazing learning space, making the most of the latest technology.”

The site visit was part of a work-in-progress event on Friday (19 January 2018).

Pupils were joined by staff, Council members Councillor Steven Dixon, Councillor Sue Clark and Councillor Ken Matthews; council officers; Hazel Trustam (clerk) and Councillor Peter Neale from the parish council, and representatives from construction firm Modplan.

From September this expansion will allow the site to accommodate 300 pupils and almost 50 in the Chimneytots pre-school.

This is double the existing capacity and will bring it in line with the school’s Church End site.

No more takeaways

A new kitchen means that meals can be cooked on site rather than transported from the other end of the village. The outdoor facilities will be enhanced with more field space and the construction of a multi-use games area.

Storey said:

“In addition, the children are also looking forward to accessing their new library and IT facilities. We are very lucky to have such an amazing and flexible space!”

Councillor Dixon, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

“Work is currently progressing well on the new build, with the roof going on recently. And I am sure that the pupils who were looking around what is currently a shell of a building will be amazed to see just how quickly work progresses.

“Like them, I look forward to revisiting the school in future months and seeing what the final build looks like.”

This expansion is part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s ongoing New School Places programme. The programme is to meet current and future demand across the area.