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New dual-site school ready to open

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 December 2014 | UPDATED: 09:17 08 December 2014

St Annes@West Wick School, Builders handing over keys, Paul Marlow and Headteacher Lisa Dadds.

St Annes@West Wick School, Builders handing over keys, Paul Marlow and Headteacher Lisa Dadds.

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A NEW ‘state-of-the-art’ building has been unveiled ahead of the official opening of North Somerset’s only dual-site school.

St Annes@West Wick School,Headteacher Lisa Dadds.St Annes@West Wick School,Headteacher Lisa Dadds.

St Anne’s Primary School, currently based at one site along the A370 in Hewish, is set to have its first class in its new building in Scot Elm Drive in West Wick in January.

The new campus building includes a ‘fantastic’ kitchen which will be able to cater for both sites, a specially designed ‘learning street’ as well as an impressive hall which will be available for public use outside of school hours.

The school’s business manager Helen Burge said: “The children have been taken to Hewish by a shuttle bus for terms one and two but in January they will move to this building.

“Initially the school will grow in September with a new class so we will have reception, year one and the nursery here, but we will have reception and year one classes at the Hewish campus also.

St Annes@West Wick School,St Annes@West Wick School,

“We will be growing both campuses year on year so no children will be leaving Hewish to go to West Wick.

“We are definitely one school with two campuses, with one head and one governing body.”

The school’s headteacher Lisa Dadds said: “I think what is really important is our vision that children should learn to love and love to learn will be across both sites. The fact that there will be learning from every angle will just be great, children can see each other learning. We are really excited about the possibilities.”

The modern, spacious building features a specially designed learning street corridor, with huge open windows, storage space and a design which enables classes to be taught in the corridor and lessons to spill out from classrooms.

St Annes@West Wick School,St Annes@West Wick School,

The open space includes a miniature kitchen to help teach the children to cook and a hall which will be hired out for events outside of school hours.

But one of the real benefits of the new building is its new kitchen.

Ms Burge said: “The production kitchen is state-of-the-art, it is absolutely fantastic, it will cater for at least 420 children.

“Currently we have our food cooked at Castle Batch but now we are going to be able to do it in our own school which is fantastic.”

The large grounds will be landscaped to include a football pitch and play area for the children to enjoy.

There will be an open day at the new campus in West Wick on December 12 from 9am-5pm which is open to all.

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