Over two million pounds worth of improvements have just been approved for Pennycross Primary School.
We have agreed a major expansion worth £2,139,996 to create much-needed space for growing pupil numbers at the school, following an increase in birth rates and new housing developments in the area.
Work to provide a new two-storey extension with eight new classrooms (four to each floor), stores, toilets, group rooms and a new hard play area is due to get under way in December and should be finished by August 2016. The newly expanded school will be fully functional from September 2016.
Council Leader and local ward councillor Tudor Evans said: “Ham has seen so much investment in new and improved housing over the last few years but the schools haven’t expanded at the same rate so I’m delighted that this funding for Pennycross has been given the go-ahead. The school desperately needs extra space to accommodate its pupils and will really benefit from these new facilities. A good education is crucial for our young people – now more than ever – and investing in excellent schools is vital in ensuring the city’s future success.”
Head teacher at Pennycross Carole Waziri said: “Staff and Governors welcome this planned expansion, which will raise our profile in the local community and support the new families moving into the area in the immediate future. We see this as an exciting challenge to move our school forward.”