Watermore Primary School to open doors for public to visit
A PRIMARY school is opening its new building to the public to celebrate the completion of a move that has been seven years in the planning.
Children started lessons in Watermore Primary School’s new building in Lower Stone Close at the start of January.
The new term in their new £6.7 million home followed a complicated move at the end of the Christmas term to enable the two previous school sites to come together in the new building at Lower Stone Close.
It is the first time since 2011, when the former Highcroft Junior School in Lower Stone Close and Brockeridge Infant School in Woodend Road amalgamated, that pupils from reception to year 6 are together in one place. The new building was mooted within two years but it took until this year for it to go through funding, design, planning and building processes, to be ready for lessons to start.
Before the move could happen, staff teams from both sites had to sift through equipment and resources in the old schools. Much of it was given or sold to families and members of the community: projectors, desks, whiteboards, toys, and two pianos all found new homes. Furniture was also sold because the new school is kitted out with tables, chairs, shelves and library equipment, as well as a new projector and sound system in the hall.
Headteacher Janet Hoyle said: “Move week was very busy; we were shocked at how much stuff we still wanted to move and deciding where to store everything from both sites is something we are still working out.
“The staff worked really hard, and our children have been fantastic and excited about their new learning environments.
"Our parents and families have also been incredibly supportive and understanding throughout the process, often starting their sentences with, 'I don’t expect you to know this yet, but…'
“We are so pleased we can repay their consideration with such a great facility.”
The school will be able to take 420 pupils in 14 classes and is due to be finished this summer with a hall with facilities for the community, two multi-use games pitches, and climbing and play equipment across three playgrounds.
The head has described Midas, the main contractor, as ‘supportive and cooperative’ to work with.
The pupils have had plenty to say about their new school so far. Their feedback has been very positive – the big windows make it bright and light, they enjoy being in one building where they can see their brothers and sisters, and there is lots of space and quiet places to learn.
To mark the milestone move, the school will open to the public so that as many people as possible can see inside it.
The open day for the public is on Wednesday February 5, between 4.30pm and 7pm.
There will be refreshments and a book fair to help fill the new library.