Work starts on new Watermore School building

December 02 2018

Work starts on new Watermore School building

Construction work has started on the new building for Watermore school in Frampton Cotterell, which will bring both infant and junior schools under one roof at Lower Stone Close. The building will enable the school to offer 420 places, with its own parking and a multi-use games court, at a cost of around £6 million.
Local reaction to the work starting has been mixed, as a row of trees have been cut down, and the old Victorian Brockeridge building on Woodend Road will be converted into 6 flats. Some residents had wanted it kept for community use.  
The parish council had attempted to get it grade II listed, as they were advised that its local listing wasn’t enough for it to have complete protection from any future inappropriate development.
The project has benefitted, however, from government grants worth £195,000 which were conditional on the original site being sold for housing. This additional funding has enabled the school to be built in one phase rather than in two separate stages.
Cllr Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council and Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Employment, said: “Improving our education standards is the number one priority of this administration and I am delighted to see the vision for Watermore School begin to take shape.”
Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall said: “The new Watermore site will not only give the school, its staff and pupils access to brand new facilities but will also support the excellent education is provides.”
Head teacher Janet Hoyle said: “I would really like to thank everyone who has supported our vision for the school, including Toby and Luke, who have worked hard to ensure we have been given this opportunity to improve the education facilities in our area, with greater opportunities for local children.”
It’s hoped that 14 classrooms will be built by September 2019, but work will continue after that, with another three classrooms provided as the school grows.