School benefits from Council-funded expansion

millfields Published Tuesday, 31st January 2017

The staff and pupils of Millfields First School are enjoying a brand new extension.

Work recently finished on the construction of two new classrooms, a car park extension and a new rear entrance for the Bromsgrove school.

The extension, funded by Worcestershire County Council was managed on behalf of WCC by Place Partnership Ltd. The work began in August 2015 and was completed on 1 September 2016, in time for the beginning of the 2016/17 academic year.

The benefits of this extension are numerous:

- The school has now increased in size from 1 and half Form Entry

to 2 Form Entry, meaning capacity to take an extra 300 pupils - a benefit to the community as pupil numbers are on the increase across Worcestershire.

- Improvement works to nearby roads mean it is easier for children and parents to walk to school, improving health and reducing congestion

- The school now has improved teaching facilities for the children and 2 entrances, again alleviating congestion around the school

- Outdoor play spaces have been enhanced and the Forest School area has been retained

- There are now additional car parking spaces on site for staff, to help ease the pressures of parking around the local residential area

The Head Teacher Mr. Gibbs said: "Everyone at the school is delighted with the new extension. Children and teachers have already enjoyed the benefits of the new building that has been designed to sit sympathetically within a landscaped area at the rear of the school. The clever design has meant that there has been an increase in outdoor space for children to play and take part in sports events. The new high quality building will mean that our popular school will be able to continue to take more pupils and expand further.

"The children and staff at Millfields First School are very proud of their new building."

Cllr Marc Bayliss, WCC Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Children and Families, said: "We were delighted to fund the recent extension of Millfields First School.

The increased capacity and improved facilities will serve the local community well and help ensure children can study in the best environment. Thanks also to Place Partnership, who have done a fantastic job of managing the work; the new facilities look fabulous and I hope staff, pupils and parents will enjoy them."