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Going, going, gone... school’s ‘ugly’ classrooms finally demolished

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

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TO say chiefs at a village school had been waiting a long time to be given the go-ahead to replace its unpopular classroom block would be an understatement.

Installed as a temporary solution shortly after the Second World War, many at the Richard Wakefield Primary School, in Tutbury, thought they would never be rid of its infamous blue buildings.

Countless head teachers and governors had tried to bring about a replacement but all ran into obstacles in one form or another - until now that is.

The bulldozers have finally moved in after the school was given the go-ahead to build a brand new building for its Key Stage 1 pupils.

For various reasons the school had never been in a position to replace them but bosses have been prompted to make the necessary improvements in preparation for hundreds of homes which are to be built in Tutbury in the coming years.

And for delighted head Saroj Bell, there isn’t any part of her that will miss the old buildings.

She said: “We have wanted to do this for a long time, the blue buildings were put in temporarily many years ago and now they are being taken down and replaced.

“It is going to make an immense difference to the way our school actually looks. The blue buildings were ugly and old and did’t fit in with the school environment. I am so pleased they have come down.

The demolition has been a quick process, with the school set to be ready for the pupils to return from their Easter break next week. It is hoped the new block will be built by the end of the year.

Mrs Bell said: “The teams have worked exceedingly hard and efficiently to enable the school to be ready for teaching on Monday.

“There is a lot of debris to be sorted, but the way it’s being done, I have no doubt about everything being fine for Monday.

“Richard Wakefield’s school motto is ‘aim high, work with pride, forever learn’ and I am going to use the slides of the beginning of this project in an assembly to show the motto in action of a real life situation.”

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