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Pupils celebrate their 'reborn school'

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Pupils and staff celebrated the completion of expansion works at Winnall Primary School in Winchester recently.

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Education, Councillor Peter Edgar, attended a special assembly at the school to celebrate the transformation it has undergone. Alongside music and dance performances, pupils shared their thoughts on how their school has improved, describing it as an "amazing new world of learning" which is "brighter, happier, stronger, safer and more spectacular than before."

Councillor Edgar said: "The expansion at Winnall Primary School is an important part of our multi-million pound planned investment in schools to ensure we can meet the predicted need for 8,000 extra primary school places over the next few years. I enjoyed a wonderful tour with children from the school council and was very impressed to both hear and see how much the pupils are enjoying learning in the new environment. We want to ensure as many children as possible have access to a high quality learning environment, and part of that involves building an educational setting where children feel comfortable and happy, so it was encouraging to hear the pupils describing the new school as bright and colourful and fun."

Development at Winnall Primary School has increased the pupil capacity from 140 to 210, raising the yearly admission from 20 to 30, in response to growing numbers of primary aged children in the Winchester area.

The expansion, which cost a total of £1.6 million, included the introduction of two new classrooms bringing the total number of teaching rooms to seven, the relocation of the school's library and Special Educational Needs facility, improvements to the lobby area, and the introduction of an accessible toilet facility in the foyer. The exterior of the existing building has been re-clad to match the new structure, and extensive redecoration has been completed throughout the interior ensuring a consistent appearance throughout the school.

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