CHILDREN could be taught in temporary classrooms for more than four months after it was revealed that construction of a new school would not be completed until next year.
Construction firm Seddon revealed that work on the Scientia Academy, being built on the former Belvedere Park Club site in Belvedere Road, Horninglow, will not be finalised until January.
This will mean that pupils who start the school year in temporary buildings may have to spend a little longer in them then first planned.
The building of the 420-pupil capacity academy has been hit with delays which have been put down to ‘adverse weather conditions’, and earlier this year the Mail revealed that Staffordshire County Council was forced to activate a contingency plan as the development ran into trouble.
Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills on Staffordshire County Council, said: “The early stages of the Scientia Academy build were blighted by extremely wet weather throughout most of last year, and the snow and freezing conditions in January and March.
“With this in mind, we gave the school the option of partial accommodation at the new site or using temporary accommodation to meet additional need created by this September’s intake until the whole build is complete.
“After looking at the options, the school chose to occupy temporary accommodation. The school is extremely happy with the accommodation and it has been inspected by Ofsted, who has confirmed it to be suitable for educational purposes.
“The school will continue to use the temporary accommodation until the new building is completed and it can move in, causing minimum disruption to pupils.”
The build forms part of the council’s plan to create an extra 1,000 school places in Burton over the next decade in a bid to cope with rapidly rising birth rates in the town and has seen a number of schools in the town currently undergoing development.
Work has started on rebuilding St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School, which is relocating to a new site in Tutbury Road, while Christchurch Infants’ School, in Dale Street, is also set to take the wraps off its brand new three-storey building in time for the new school year.
Both of these projects are also being handled by Seddon.