Out with the old as Watermore Primary School goes into the new building
PUPILS past and present are saying goodbye to a Frampton Cotterell school’s old buildings as it prepares to move into its new home.
After more than seven years of planning, all the pupils from reception to year 6 at Watermore Primary School will move to their new building in Lower Stone Close in the New Year, bringing the school together on one site.
Before that, former pupils of Watermore and its predecessors, Brockeridge Infants School and Highcroft Junior School, are being invited to say their final farewells to the Victorian Brockeridge building and the Highcroft building in December.
The Brockeridge building on Woodend Road will be converted into 6 flats, and the Highcroft building in Lower Stone Close will be demolished to make way for new outdoor facilities.
The new building will provide 14 classrooms with room for 420 children, with another three built as pupil numbers rise.
By next summer the outside area will feature two multi-use games pitches, three playgrounds, and a hall with facilities for the community. The woodland area, pond and outdoor science lab which already exist will be retained.
Former pupils are invited to look around the existing buildings and say their goodbyes on Tuesday December 10, from 5-6.30pm, and on the morning of Saturday December 14 there will be a public sale of items such as furniture, toys and stationery which won’t be transferring to the new site.
The total cost of the new school building is around £6 million and is the end of a project which started after the 2011 amalgamation of Highcroft and Brockeridge Schools.
Building work started in November last year after a controversial planning process.
Meanwhile, pupils at the school could be given lessons in how to manage their money – if supporters raise some money of their own to fund the scheme.
A pilot scheme called Helping Children Manage Money will teach them financial skills - which are not currently on the curriculum.
The school needs £2,000 to pay for a teaching assistant to lead the initiative, organising interactive assemblies, workshops, and saving schemes to capture the pupil’s imaginations.
The school has applied for £1,000 from the Aviva Community Fund but to qualify will have to crowdfund the remaining £1,000 by December 20.
Parent and PTFA member Catherine Pritchard has set up a crowdfunder page to raise the £1,000, which can be found here.