School nears completion

PUBLISHED: 18:00 31 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

YOUNGSTERS are hoping to move into a new state-of-the-art school in a few months.

YOUNGSTERS are hoping to move into a new state-of-the-art school in a few months.

Pupils at Bournville Primary in Weston will move into a new building on the Selworthy Road site in May or June.

The new building, which comes after the merger of the infants and junior schools, will provide places for 420 youngsters with 14 classrooms, a 30-place preschool nursery and community, meeting and staff rooms.

There will also be a hall and stage for children to perform nativities and plays on.

Once the pupils and teachers have moved, the old buildings will be demolished and the land where the infant school is will become community-owned.

Headteacher Adam Matthews said: "We will be throwing open the doors of the old school buildings before they are knocked down to allow people to look around.

"It will be sad and I know a lot of people in the area have fond memories.

"We will also be saving some papers and photographs from the old school and keeping them at the new school."

By September 1 the old buildings will be gone and the first sprouts of new grass should be appearing on site.

Mr Matthews says the newly-created community land might become a park or seating area, but the decision will come down to North Somerset Council.

Members of the public will also be able to use other parts of the site - as community groups will be invited to meet there and use the facilities.

Mr Matthews said: "Doors will be electronic so we can control how far into the school members of the public can venture when the children are in.

"The public part of the school will have computer rooms and meetings rooms, cookery facilities and a small studio.

"The idea is to get the community to come in and enjoy the school.

"There are also plans afoot for garden development and we would like local gardeners to work with the kids."

He added that about £10.5million has been spent on the school, but the figure will probably rise to £11.5million by the time everything has finished.

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