YOUNGSTERS eagerly awaiting a move to a brand new school will have to be patient after senior teachers revealed they will now not be taught there until September.
Bosses at St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School, in Belvoir Road, confirmed to the Mail that its new site off Tutbury Road would not open as planned at the end of April and, instead, the school will have to close a week early ahead of the six-week summer holiday to allow for the moving of furniture and staff training from July 14.
This will mean that lessons will not be taught at the new site until the start of the new school year in September.
Amanda Newbold, head teacher at St Modwen’s, said: “Work on the new school has progressed very well and will be completed on time.
“However, to preserve the continuity of children’s education and learning this year, the operational move from Belvoir Road to Tutbury Road will take place during the week of July 14.
“Planned inset days on Monday, April 28 and Tuesday, April 29 will be retained for staff training.
“School will remain open on Wednesday, April 30, Thursday, May 1 and Friday, May 2, as these three days were previously identified as possible closure days.
“To enable the transfer of furniture and equipment and to facilitate staff training at the new site, St Modwen’s school will therefore be closed to pupils from Monday July, 14 to Friday, July 18.
“Children’s learning will continue – staff will provide pupils with a transition project and the usual online learning activities will be available.
“Year Six children will take part in their outdoor education week as planned.
“On Wednesday, September 3, staff will be able to receive children at the new school site.
“This is because Monday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 2 are inset days.
“There will be an opportunity for parents to visit the new school on Friday, September 19 for an open afternoon.”
The new school will have the capacity for 420 pupils.
It is part of Staffordshire County Council’s scheme to cope with rising birth rates and will also include hard and soft play areas, sports pitches, car parking and a drop-off and pick-up area.