Welcome to our Building Project!
Phase 1 Starts
We are delighted to be able to let you know that a £2.08 million project to replace the external doors, windows and cladding to refurbish our school will be undertaken by Hampshire County Council (HCC) Property Services starting on 23rd October 2017 completing 28th September 2018.
The system HCC have developed for our SCOLA buildings, not only complies with the requirements of building regulations, but each project is also reported to the fire review panel. This panel has representation from HCC’s internal fire safety experts, experienced surveyors and an embedded fire safety officer representing Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services (HFRS).
What it means for the school
This is an exciting time for the school and the children are looking forward to meeting the builders and the diggers! We are working hard with HCC to ensure that there is minimal disruption, although with any big project there will be some. The safety and education of the children are paramount and the whole school community will be working to ensure this remains the case.
School Council visit Phase 1
The school councillors had a fantastic opportunity to have a tour of the KS2 classrooms currently being worked on. Led by site manager and site foreman Ken and Lee, the school councillors from each year group were shown the safety aspects of the building site as well as what is being changed. They were all shown how the classroom looks now, what the builders next steps will be and what else they will be working on. The school councillors were also shown the plan of the school both before and after the planned works. The children had a range of questions that they had for Ken and Lee with, Ralph from Woodpeckers asking “Why does it say no entry?” when looking at the fencing around the school and Oscar from Skylarks asking “When will the work be finished?” They were very much interested in what the new classrooms would look like and where things would go, Ella from Woodpeckers asked "Where will the walls go?" and “Will it be modern?” Connor from Year 5 questions including “Is this the only class being changed?” All the questions were answered so that the school council are very much up to date on all the building work. Not only was this a time for the children to ask questions about the building, Ken and Lee also had their questions with Lee asking, “What is your role as school council?” Peter replied “To help the school with big decisions and have an input to what happens.”
28/11/2017 - Removing the roof layer
The builders have been busy removing the roof layer. This is very noisy!!
12/12/2017 - Classroom windows & cables
The builders have been busy putting in the new windows and making sure that the cabling is secure in the roof space.
20/12/2017 - Roofs & hall ceilings
11/1/2018 - Classroom Inspection by the School Council
The school council gathered for a tour of the classrooms that the builders are currently working on. Lee, the site foreman, took the time to show us around and explain the sorts of things that they have been doing. He explained that the school was built in the 1960s and was only really meant to be used for twenty years, so these improvements are long overdue!
This is what some of the school council representatives had to say about the work so far:
- Y3 Ralph “I thought it was quite good, I really liked the new walls because they’re much stronger than the old ones.”
- Y3 Ella “I thought it looked really good and the best part was the walls, they will keep the heat in and the noise out.”
- Y4 Oscar “Lee the builder told us all about the new doors, he said they were expensive - £400! They’ll be good because they are easier to use and to lock.”
- Y4 Grace “I really liked the new windows, they’re a pale grey. Lee says they will paint the walls an off white colour. I think the new classroom will look much nicer than before.”
- Y5 Kayleigh “I was impressed by the new heaters, as they will heat the class when it’s cold or cool the class when it’s too hot. I can’t wait to get back into my old classroom!”
- Y6 Dylan “I like what they’re doing with the school, I’ll be really happy to see the new classrooms all finished and ready for us to use them again.”
- Y6 Faith “When all the work is done, the school will be sturdier, safer, brighter, warmer and more colourful. I just can’t wait to get into our refreshed classroom, the learning environment will be so much better!”
16/1/2018 - Choosing Colours
We have chosen the blue for the door frames the grey for the window frames. The teaching areas will have green carpet and the office areas blue carpet. The floors will be a mixture of granite vinyl, topaz vinyl and sapphire vinyl.