CHILDREN at Pyrford CofE Primary School have moved into bright new classrooms which make learning much more fun.
The old-fashioned school premises in Coldharbour Road have been replaced by a £5.6 million building, as part of a Government priority programme.
The new facilities are designed to let in high levels of natural light to help improve concentration and increased access and space for outdoor play and learning. There are 16 classrooms with windows on two sides and a double-height multi-purpose hall. Two teaching wings are organised around an internal central ‘street’ to allow effective supervision of the pupils and provide informal group learning spaces.
The new school, replacing an outdated 1960s building, was built by off-site construction specialist, the Portakabin Group. Handed over on time and on budget, it is part of £28 million Surrey and Kent batch of the Priority School Building Programme.
Each scheme has been designed in line with stringent Department for Education standards for helping children to learn.
The school’s headteacher, Kathryn Krynicki, said: “We just love our new school. It is bright, light and very spacious. The teaching areas are wonderful learning environments for children and we now realise what poor conditions we had to endure in our old buildings for so many years.”
“The Portakabin team has been brilliant throughout and the finishing and attention to detail is to a very high standard.”
She said teachers had been on a tour of the factory in York where the new school was pre-fabricated and they had shared this experience with the children.
“Parents and governors have been really delighted and astonished with the new facilities and what has been achieved in just a few months,” she added. “We are all very happy with the result.”
The outside of the new building has been finished in a brickwork, neutral white render and metal panels in white, dark grey and subtle blues, to complement the rural surroundings.