Work starts on new building to help meet demand at Northumberland school

Construction work has started on a new building at Warkworth Primary School following a growth in demand for early years education.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 6:00 am

The new building will house two large classrooms as well as toilet facilities and a dedicated entrance hall for use by the school’s nursery and reception classes.

Due for completion by Easter, the opening of the expanded early years provision will create more spaces for nursery and two year olds, providing both 15 and 30-hour care

packages.

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Reception pupils at NCEA Warkworth Primary School visit builders from Transform Building Services on the site of the new early years provision.

Laura Ritson, head teacher, said: “As a village school, we have always prided ourselves on being actively involved in the local community and doing what we can to support the needs of parents and residents.

“For working parents in particular, finding suitable childcare which also supports their child’s educational needs can be challenging, which is why we’re delighted to be expanding our offer.

"We hope to offer lots of exciting new classes and experiences such as baby massage and sensory toddler sessions for the whole community to enjoy.”

While lockdown restrictions mean that the majority of pupils are currently learning remotely through live teaching, the children who have been in school (key worker and vulnerable children) have been enjoying having the construction team from Transform Building Solutions onsite.

The site of the new early years provision at Warkworth Primary School.

“Our pupils are very excited about the build,” said Mrs Ritson. “Our reception class in particular is very much looking forward to moving into their new purpose-built classroom.”

Warkworth Primary School operates as part of Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust (NCEAT), which also includes Bishop’s Primary School, Duke’s Secondary School and Castle School for children with severe and multiple learning disabilities.

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