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Long wait over as school reveals new classrooms plan

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 06, 2014

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CLASSROOMS that were originally installed at a village school as a temporary solution are finally to be replaced - nearly 70 years on.

The Richard Wakefield Primary School, in Tutbury, has lodged an application to replace the dilapidated classroom blocks with a brand new building for its Key Stage 1 pupils.

Head teacher Saroj Bell could hardly contain her joy when she spoke to the Mail about the project, which has been a long time coming for the school.

The buildings were added shortly after the end of the Second World War, but for various reasons the school had never been in a position to replace them.

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.

The buildings are finally expected to be demolished during the Easter holidays, with it hoped the children can move into the new building by the end of the year.

Youngsters will use the buildings, which have served generations of children in Tutbury, for the last time over the next few weeks ahead of the demolition.

Mrs Bell said: “Everyone at the school is excited about the project and it is certainly long-awaited.

“A new estate is being developed round the corner so we had to take action to ensure the school can accommodate the additional children that are going to come in.

“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.”

The school will gain two classrooms from the development, with the new building big enough to house four rooms replacing the two old buildings.

Parents have already been consulted on the plans, we feedback said to have been generally positive.

And as the school seeks to recover from a disappointing Ofsted report last year, in which it was told it required improvements, Mrs Bell believes the project will go a long way towards helping it achieve that goal.

She said: “it’s going to make an immense difference to the way our school actually looks. The blue buildings are ugly and old and don’t fit in with the school environment. I am so pleased they are coming down.

“It will really help our school become a better school. The Key Stage 1 area is what we are really working to improve and we are doing everything we can to do that.

“This will give everyone at the school a massive boost.”

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