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Colwall CE Primary School update

Pupils enjoy a trip to their new school

1 March 2017

Colwall CE Primary School site visit (Photos courtesy of Kier Construction)

Colwall CE Primary School site visit (Photos courtesy of Kier Construction)Colwall CE Primary School pupils enjoyed a recent visit to the site of their new school on Mill Lane.

The pupils helped to break ground for their new school during a special ceremony attended by council and school officials and contractor Kier Construction.

The pupils had a great time and told us:

“It was funny when everyone sang Happy Birthday to me. It was a lovely way to spend my birthday!”  Lucas (year 2)

“It made me extremely happy. I loved wearing my hard hat and seeing the diggers.”  Jess (year 3)

“It was an experience you can’t have anywhere else. I felt very privileged to be there.”  Honor (year 6)

Councillor Jonathan Lester, Cabinet member for young people and children’s wellbeing, said: “I was delighted to meet the children from Colwall CE Primary School and share in their excitement at seeing the site of their new school.

“We are committed to ensuring our county’s children have the best start in life and education plays a crucial role in that. It’s essential that Colwall has a school that is modern, sustainable and fit for purpose to ensure educational excellence now and in the future.

“I look forward to seeing the school when it’s finished towards the end of the year.”

(Photos courtesy of Kier Construction)

Planning committee approves new primary school

3 August 2016

Colwall CE Primary School proposed viewHerefordshire Council’s planning committee has today (Wednesday 3 August) approved planning permission to build a new school for Colwall CE Primary School.

The approval is in accordance with the planning officer’s recommendations.

Cabinet approves new primary school

21 July 2016

Colwall CE Primary School - Original buildingHerefordshire Council’s Cabinet has today (Thursday 21 July) approved the building of a new school for Colwall CE Primary School.

The single form entry school will be built at Mill Lane in Colwall at a cost of up to £5.1million, subject to planning consent and purchasing the site from the landowner, who has worked constructively with the council.

The council will contribute £1.7million towards the building costs, while the Education Funding Agency has indicated it will provide £3million with the remaining £400,000 coming from nursery capital and the sale of the current site. The council is also legally bound to pay for the cost of purchasing the Mill Lane site, which has been agreed at £1.2million.

Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council, said: “We are delighted to have approved the building of a new permanent primary school in Colwall. This will replace the temporary buildings the school has operated from since September 2014, after the old Victorian building was deemed unfit for purpose due to issues with underground water and flooding.

“We are committed to giving children in Herefordshire the best start in life and education plays a big part in that. We have worked closely with the school, pupils, families and the local community over the past few years to ensure the new school will be in the best location, modern, sustainable and fit for purpose. We still have a lot of work ahead of us, including securing planning permission, but we aim for the school to be ready for the new academic year in September 2017.

“As part of our Schools Capital Investment Strategy, it’s imperative that we provide the best facilities to support continued educational excellence for children now and in the future. The fact that we’ve received indication of a substantial potential contribution from the Education Funding Agency, clearly demonstrates how we can attract external funding for worthwhile schemes.”

To find out more about the new school, please take a look at the Cabinet report.

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