Children were delighted that plans to build them and their community a replacement primary school were approved at a meeting of Somerset County Council’s Regulation Committee today (Thursday 8 January).
The primary school will replace the current Countess Gytha Primary School in Queen Camel, and will provide the children in the community with a new school building fit for the 21st century.
It will feature a modern single storey school building including a pre-school area, play areas, sports courts and a parking and drop off area. It will accommodate over 150 students aged 2 to 12 from the local area.
The current Countess Gytha Primary School is 140 years old and is located in a flood zone. The building and children’s work has been damaged by flood water in the past.
The new school will be located on West Camel Road, away from the flood zone.
A new school travel plan and a pedestrian crossing will be put in place to go alongside the new development to ensure the safety of the parents, children and the wider community.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member, said: “I am delighted that we are able to provide the children in Queen Camel and the surrounding area with these modern facilities. We are committed to providing all children in Somerset with the education that they deserve and this new development will support our commitment and give all at the school wonderful opportunities for the future.”
Mrs Sue English, Headteacher at Countess Gytha Primary School, said: “We are delighted and thrilled about our new school. It has been a long process but we are delighted with the outcome of today’s meeting and really look forward to a school which will be fit for the 21st Century.”
One of the pupils of the school, Amy Downton, aged 10, also said: “I’m really excited because this new school will be a great opportunity for all the future children and all of my brothers and sisters to get a good education.”