Pupils at Taunton’s Holy Trinity C of E Primary School are celebrating this week after their £1million building project reached a major milestone.
Today Somerset County Council’s contractors announced the completion of four new classrooms – an investment that will provide enough space for an extra 120 pupils at the school.
The project has also created space for a pre-school with up to 32 places for 2 to 4 year-olds.
Among the design features of the brand-new classroom block are spectacular timber roof eaves sheltering the play areas and shading the naturally-illuminated and ventilated classrooms. The impressive look of the building fits very well within its surroundings and has been designed to provide a great environment to teach and learn.
The new classrooms were built by Harris Brothers and Collard Ltd to a brief prepared by Somerset County Council, and designed by the Hookways Partnership of Bristol.
Reflecting on the £1million investment, Nigel Bright, Head teacher of Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, said: “This is an exciting time in the history of Holy Trinity CEVA Primary School, as we take over the four new purpose-built classrooms for our Foundation Stage and Year 1 children, and open our Nursery for 2-4 year-olds.
“We are very grateful to Somerset County Council for this opportunity and generous support. This will allow us to develop into a 14-class school, provide education for more pupils from our community, and quality learning experiences for our 2-4 year olds.
“We are also very grateful to Hookways for their modern and sympathetic design of the new buildings and to Harris Brothers and Collard for how they have worked so well with the school.”
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “This is a splendid investment, not just for current parents, pupils and staff at Holy Trinity, but for those who will surely benefit from its expansion in the years to come.
“This shows just how committed we are as a local authority to addressing and meeting a rising need for school places needs head-on, both in the Taunton area and in other parts of the county.
“I look forward to seeing these new classrooms in full swing, once the finishing touches are complete. This is a brilliant result for everyone at Holy Trinity.”