Part of a major £650k expansion project which will provide much-needed additional school places from September is well underway at Springfields First School.
The Ofsted-rated outstanding first school has seen increased demand for pupil places as a result of its high-quality teaching and also due to growth of Yanfield village, near Stone.
Designed and built by educational construction specialist Fords of Blythe Bridge, the major extension project will see an extra 75 places will be available for pupils over the next three years. A three-class extension to the main school will enable to school to provide two reception classes, three key stage one classes and two key stage two classes from September, which will then increase to three.
In addition, an extension to the existing nursery block will support the provision of an Early Year Hub, providing education and care for children from two to four years, and will include provision for 30 hours of free childcare-funded places.
Alison Bagnall, Headteacher at the school commented: “These fantastic new facilities will bring significant benefit not just to the school but also the wider community, in terms of enhanced nursery and wraparound care provision for local families, and will also enable us to provide additional, much-needed school places to local children, allowing them to walk to school and be educated alongside their friends.”
“Because of the outstanding education we provide, and our fun, purposeful and challenging curriculum, we have seen significant demand for school places not only from Yarnfield itself but also neighbouring, villages, and from Stone, Eccleshall and Tittensor. We’re delighted that this major extension will enable us to open our doors to many more pupils from September.”
Luke Ford, director at Fords of Blythe Bridge added: “The construction works are transforming Springfields, and will provide first-rate teaching and learning facilities for staff and pupils for years to come. We’re delighted to be able to play our part in delivering much-needed additional places at this great village school.”