New classrooms for school

PUBLISHED: 12:00 22 June 2013

The school could have three new classrooms and a playground.

The school could have three new classrooms and a playground.

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A PRIMARY school could soon unveil three new classrooms and a playground if its planning application is approved by Sedgemoor District Council.

Wedmore First School Academy was built in 1991 but a lack of funding meant some of the classrooms were installed as temporary Elliot blocks.

The school now aims to remove all of these temporary classrooms and replace them with permanent buildings.

Proposals include alterations to a free-standing block to turn it into two reception classrooms, to extend it to provide two new year one classrooms and a new playground area.

The new playground will be specifically designed with younger children in mind, with a different surface covering the area, playing bricks and things for the children to play on.

Headteacher Jackie Hipwell said: “One of the problems we have now is the school has quite a few temporary buildings in a poor state of repair. Our plan is to replace these temporary buildings.

“The school was built 20 years ago but it has grown a lot quicker than anyone expected and so we need some additional classrooms.

“They will be much better than the temporary ones and provide much more space for the children.”

The temporary Elliot classroom blocks are poorly insulated, inefficiently heated and have material and constructional defects.

Commenting on the plans in December, Denise Todd, planning officer for the council, said: “The plans submitted show a well thought out proposal of high quality design, which this department would be happy to support.”

The proposal is in a period of consultation until July 12.

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