Media Invite : Significant progress at new school for flood-hit Countess Gytha

Work is coming on leaps and bounds to build a brand-new school for flood-hit staff and pupils at Countess Gytha in South Somerset.

The project has now passed its half-way point, with the superstructure of the school, its roof, waterproofing and wiring now complete.

The school is holding a ceremony at 2pm on Wednesday 9 December to celebrate the significant progress. Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, will be present. Media are invited to attend this event as an opportunity to take photos of the development.

Key information:

• The current Countess Gytha Primary School is 140 years old and located in a flood zone, where the building and children’s work have been damaged by flood water in the past.

• The new school, located on West Camel Road and away from the flood zone, will be ready for classes by the start of the new school year in 2016. It will feature a modern single storey school building, including a pre-school area, play areas, sports courts and on-site bike storage. It will accommodate over 150 pupils aged two to 11.

• A new pedestrian crossing will be added to the West Camel Road, benefiting the school and the local community. The car park at the new site will also be larger than the Council would usually recommend, with space for staff and visitor parking, and an on-site drop off and pick up area for parents, minibuses, coaches and deliveries.

• The project is being delivered by BAM Construction on behalf of Somerset County Council.

If you are a member of the media and wish to attend the photocall, please email dblacklock@somerset.gov.uk by 1pm on Monday 7 December 2015.