Excited pupils in Yeovil are putting down roots in Somerset’s newest primary school.
Primrose Lane Primary opened its doors after the half-term break, following the recent completion of the £4.2m, eight-classroom project – including a nursey – built to meet the town’s growing demand for school places.
There are 13 children at the school and with nearly 30 due to start in September it is already growing under the leadership of Headteacher Ann Sherrard.
“It’s really exciting to be part of this,” said Mrs Sherrard. “This is a new school and the children, parents and staff can really mould and influence what it becomes. I can’t wait until we get to September and get the new intake, it’s going to be so lovely to see the school grow”.
Primrose Primary is part of the part of the Huish Multi Academy Trust. Although delays mean it’s only just moved into its new home, the school was created last September.
The children – complete with a new Primrose School uniform and a dedicated member of staff – were kindly hosted by Huish Primary in Yeovil while the building took shape.
Mrs Sherrard said: “It’s worked brilliantly and that’s down to the staff and children at Huish, and the Primrose parents who have been just amazing.”
Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet member for Children and Families, said: “It’s fantastic to see Primrose open and the pupils enjoying all its facilities. We’re committed to giving children the opportunity to flourish and realise their full potential, so we invest millions of pounds every year in building and maintaining schools.
“Delivering school spaces exactly when and where they are needed is always complicated and challenging and I thank everyone for their patience.”
Last financial year Somerset County Council invested more than £16m building and maintaining schools in the county, including £2.8m towards Primrose Lane.
The school has been built by Willmott Dixon. During the construction Primrose pupils came on trips to see their new school coming together.
Standing at the top of the new Wyndham Park housing estate, and as well as the seven classrooms, it boasts an impressive hall, offices, a kitchen, and lots of green outdoor space.
By September it will also be offering local parents a new term-time pre-school called Little Learners. A recent open day was well-attended by parents and Chair of the Huish Multi Academy Trust governors, Jackie Bachrach is enthusiastic about the future.
She said: “We are very pleased to be supporting Primrose Lane and can see that it is going to very quickly become established in its community. It comes with the good reputation that Huish has and I know it will be building on that.
“The parents have been really supportive and this feels like the start of something exciting.”
By May next year, Kingfisher Primary should also be complete, providing an additional 14 classes and another nursery for Yeovil. The development will also include a community building as part of the commitment from the housing developer.