Leigh & Bransford Primary School celebrates the official opening of their new classrooms

lbe Published Monday, 2nd October 2017

Three new classrooms and associated support spaces have been officially opened by MP Harriet Baldwin.

Following a programme of development and extensive expansion, three new classrooms were officially opened last Friday (22 September 2017) by Harriet Baldwin MP.

A programme of development has seen additional accommodation created at Leigh & Bransford Primary School, to address an increase in the number of pupils entering the school.  This has been created following a decision by Cabinet in February 2015 to expand capacity at the school to one form of entry (up to 30 places) with a requirement for 3 additional class bases to accommodate a total of 210 children.  The school started increasing its pupil numbers in September 2016. 

The project comprised a three classroom extension with associated support spaces ( i.e. library, group space, cloakrooms, toilets), and some internal remodelling to the admin suite.  There is also a larger playground on the school field and increased staff and visitor parking arrangements with a drop off facility for the first time. This will help to ease the traffic in the area around school and has the benefit of new lower speed limits on the A4013 from Bransford.  This should further mitigate the impact on residents and improve safety.

The cost of the project totalled circa £1.3m and was funded from the County Council's Basic Need capital grant allocation from the Department for Education. 

The school intends to grow slowly, from Reception up and to ensure that children from the catchment area have the spaces as a priority, which is a Local Authority policy.

Stuart Bill, Headmaster at Leigh and Bransford Primary School, said: "We are absolutely delighted with this extension to our thriving school. The rooms are well designed and nicely finished offering the best possible accommodation for our pupils.

"In addition there are many energy saving touches to the school which is in keeping with our ethos and has found strong approval amongst our pupil body. We are also very happy that our outside space has increased in size which will allow us to improve our sports provision."

Cllr Anne Hingley, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, said: "One of our priorities is to make sure that Worcestershire's children get the best possible education, and so we are pleased to have supported the expansion of Leigh and Bransford Primary School. It is vitally important that schools continue to grow with their local communities and have sufficient places to meet the demands of the growing population across the County.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and the new classrooms and accompanying facilities, as well as the new larger playground, look fantastic!"

The school will host an open evening for prospective parents on 10 October from 5.30pm.