Work has finished on a brand new Somerset County Council-funded state-of-the-art primary school in Yeovil.
The 14-class Kingfisher Primary School in Lufton boasts fantastic facilities for pupils and the local community and will meet the growing demand created by new housing developments and the rising birth rates.
Students will be transferring to the new site from the start of the autumn term in September 2018, following completion of the final internal fitting-out. The new school also has a 52-place nursery and community facilities including community room, kitchen, store, and toilets.
In addition to the 14 classrooms and usual administration spaces, the new primary school has:
- a large hall area for dining, PE and assemblies
- a first floor activity studio
- a specialist practical classroom for teaching art
- design technology and food tech
- a playing field, hard play area, a separate covered and fenced foundation stage play area and an on-site staff/ visitor /community car park
Somerset County Council’s Member for Education, Councillor Faye Purbrick, said: “Kingfisher Primary School will be a fantastic addition to the Lufton community and a wonderful facility for local residents and students alike.
“I’m grateful to Huish Primary School for hosting the Kingfisher students whilst their school was constructed and am delighted that these students will be benefitting from this new home in the heart of their community.”
The £7 million project will be part of the Preston Primary Academy Trust, and Executive Head Teacher Bernie Green said the school was “amazing for pupils and Yeovil”, with “wonderful facilities for the whole community”.
“We’re grateful to everyone who brought the scheme into fruition,” she said.
“I’d particularly like to thank all of the Kingfisher parents who took a leap of faith two years ago and agreed to their children starting their primary school days there when the school was just a plan.
“We’d also like to thank Huish Primary School for providing rooms for pupils until the new building was ready.”
The project was managed on behalf of Somerset County Council by Futures for Somerset Ltd and the main contractor was BAM Construction Ltd.