Work starts on primary school extension

February 28 2014

BISHOP Road Primary School has been granted planning permission for a new building and improvements to the main school site.

BISHOP Road Primary School has been granted planning permission for a new building and improvements to the main school site.
The building work, which involves creating an extension of the main site fronting onto Bishop Road and a new learning space at the scout hut site, will enable the school to expand to accommodate 840 primary aged children.
The investment of more than £3 million is said to bring "significant improvements" to the school and improve children's day-to-day experiences.
Building work is to begin on the scout hut site in the coming weeks. The school expects that this will be completed in time for when the children return in September.
Work on the main school site started before February half-term and will continue through to the summer holidays. The main entrance route from Bishop Road into the Grant playground will be temporarily narrowed.
To minimise congestion and ensure the safety of everyone in the school community, the school will establish a one-way system at drop-off and collection times during term four and five, says head teacher Gillian Powe.
During this period the Monks Road and Cambridge Road entrances will be available for parents dropping off and collecting children. Drop-off applies between 8.40-9.10am and pick-up applies between 3.15-3.45pm.
Internal changes include building a new school kitchen, improving disabled access, widening corridors, relocating a staircase, converting the after-school club rooms into classrooms, and building new toilets.
The school office will continue to function until September and then it will be relocated to make it accessible from Bishop Road.
Ms Powe said in a letter to parents and carers: "We will work with the building contractors to keep any disruption to a minimum and continue to update you about the progress of the works.
"We appreciate your support through this period of transition and trust the future benefits for children will outweigh the temporary inconveniences of the next few months."