New pupils took part in a momentous ground breaking ceremony at Primrose Lane school in Yeovil today (12.09.16) to mark the start of construction at the new school.
Leader of Somerset County Council Cllr John Osman, local councillors, pupils, parents, teachers and the constructors Willmott Dixon gathered at the site to celebrate the ground being broken for the first time.
Primrose Lane primary school will be a brand new seven class primary school with a nursery. The primary school is due to open in September 2017.
The new pupils of Primrose Lane school are in reception and year one, and currently hosted at Huish Primary Academy Trust while they wait for their new school to be finished. In the 2017 academic year the new school building will open with a reception, year one and year two class.
Leader of the Council, Cllr John Osman, said: “I am thrilled that construction can now start at the new school site. School places are in great demand in the Yeovil area and the new school will provide a lovely brand new environment for children to learn, develop and grow. Along with Kingfisher school, this represents millions of pounds of capital investment in the town’s schools.
“I am pleased to hear that the new pupils have been settling in to their classroom at Huish Primary. They are learning alongside their Huish counterparts but also forging the new school’s own identity and it is great to see them looking smart today in their new Primrose Lane uniforms.”
Annie Sherrard, the new head teacher of Primrose Lane Primary School, said: “I am delighted that the ground-breaking has taken place and work can start. This is such an exciting time for the staff, pupils and parents. I am looking forward to the year ahead and the move in to this fantastic new school next September.”
A Primrose Lane parent commented: “We are so very impressed by Primrose Lane Primary School, from how friendly and welcoming his teachers and staff are, to the lovely small group of children that will learn together. I don’t think we could have ever imagined our little boy settling in as well as he has. He will absolutely thrive in his surroundings.”
Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, Neal Stephens, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to build the new primary school at Primrose Lane, creating an important new facility for the children of the local community. We will also work hard to ensure this project benefits the local economy, partnering with local companies and sustaining jobs for local people.”