£1million school build looks a million dollars

Children at a Taunton school celebrated the official opening of their £1million classroom block, the latest in a raft of new developments, with a special guest today (Wednesday 8 July).

Pupils from Holy Trinity CEVA Primary School were joined by the Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Somerset County Council team, and the Diocese of Bath and Wells – among others involved in the design and building of the facilities – to mark the completion of two years’ worth of building work to expand and enhance the school.

The Rt Reverend Peter Hancock attended a celebratory service at Holy Trinity Church, which looked back at all the exciting changes for staff and pupils.

These include the new, £1million four-classroom block and nursery, funded by Somerset County Council. A new PE hall, and a before and after school child care facility have also been separately funded by the Department for Education through the Bath and Wells Diocese and the school’s governing body.

The new classroom block, completed earlier this year, has the capacity to provide an additional 120 pupil places, while the new pre-school has space for up to 32 places for 2 to 4 year-olds. It was built by Harris Brothers and Collard Ltd.

All the building work carried out at the school has been designed by the Hookways Partnership of Bristol.

Nigel Bright, Headteacher at Holy Trinity CEVA Primary School, said: “Growing to a 14-class school and opening a nursery is an exciting time for the school as it builds on its successes and develops its provision for the community.

“We are very grateful to all those from the local authority, the Diocese, Hookways, Harris Brothers and Collard and our local community who have contributed and supported us in this endeavour. Their hard work has helped us to provide great opportunities for our current children and for generations to come.

“The service, as well as marking the end of one phase and the start of another, has been a way of thanking those involved. We look forward to the next phase of school life as we expand and make good use of these new facilities.”

Cllr Francis Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “I am delighted that the County Council has been able to invest £1 million to provide the new classroom block and nursery for Holy Trinity. It is splendid to hear that pupils, teachers, support staff and parents are so enjoying all the new facilities, as of course will many other children in the future.”

The Rt Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, added: “It’s a real joy to come to such a happy school. We met in the parish church of Holy Trinity and the children helped to lead the prayers and the hymns. It was a real celebration of all that has been achieved in the recent months to provide such wonderful new facilities for this growing and successful school.”

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Above picture:
Headteacher Nigel Bright (4th from left back row), staff and children from Holy Trinity CEVA Primary School at their celebration morning. They are joined by the Bishop of Bath and Wells Peter Hancock, and the Somerset County Council team, including Deputy Director of Education at SCC Sue Rogers, with members of the Diocese of Bath and Wells, representatives from the Hookways Partnership and Harris Brothers and Collard Ltd.