A school expansion project totalling £220,000 has just been completed at Oreston Community Academy.
The City Council identified Oreston as part of its basic need programme and agreed capital funding to support the additional places to cope with an increase in local demand. As a result Oreston will be able to take 60 children in reception each year in order to reach a maximum capacity of 420 pupils over the next two years.
Replacing an old conservatory the extension has created three new teaching areas for Key Stage 1 and Foundation pupils. They now have a dedicated ‘Workshop’ room for creative activities in which they can paint as well as play with water and sand plus an expanded reading area and room for teaching small groups.
The project has also created a full size Key Stage 2 classroom from two smaller rooms, new carpeting for the main corridor, drainage repairs and new kitchen equipment.
The new catering equipment has enabled the reorganisation of the kitchen area making it more streamlined and enabling kitchen staff to deliver school meals much more efficiently.
Head teacher Mark Ackers said: “It was so important to us that the process of expansion enabled the school to reinforce the sense of community which is central to our ethos. Despite increasing in size we have managed to both retain and build upon our sense of being a close-knit family. These final building works have made sure that we have been able to respond to the local demand for places; working in close partnership with the City Council to deliver a very cost effective and creative solution. We are all very pleased with the results.”
Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: “We are determined as a Council to ensure that the quality of schools throughout the city is such that no matter where a child lives, they will have access to an excellent school just around the corner. Our aim is to help develop a highly skilled and capable workforce of productive young adults who contribute to the region’s economic growth and prosperity and who enjoy and achieve in life.”