A major school expansion project totalling £2.8 million has just been completed at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School.
The City Council identified Yealmpstone as an ideal candidate to receive government basic need funding in order for it to grow and provide much needed additional places to cope with an increase in demand.
The expansion works mean the Plympton-based school will now be able to offer 420 places for local children, exactly double the 210 it could previously provide.
Councillor Jon Taylor the Cabinet Member responsible for Education said: “Continued investment in our schools is absolutely crucial if we are to maintain high standards and encourage families to raise their children in Plymouth. Having good schools is crucial for Plymouth’s growth and development.”
The City Council has invested £2,800,000 from the Capital Investment Programme which includes £454,000 Of Section 106 Funding, which has been generated by the housing developments in the area to support the provision of additional school places.
The works have included a brand new two-storey eight-classroom extension with toilets, storage facilities, group rooms and a music studio. Additional external play space has also been created as well as the formation of larger foundation classrooms and the re-organisation and refurbishment of the layout of the school.
Head teacher of Yealmpstone Farm, Heidi Price, said: “We are delighted with the facilities and fabulous learning space that have been created for our neighbourhood. This is an exceptional opportunity for the young people in Plympton and will make a huge impact on the quality of education on offer by providing an outstanding learning environment. We truly feel privileged to work in such a beautiful school every day.”
The works at the school have been carried out by Ryearch Ltd who have managed the construction and development of dozens of schools across Plymouth over the past thirty years.
Mark Wildman Managing Director at Ryearch Ltd said: “We were delighted to be selected to deliver this scheme at Yealmpstone Farm Primary School, having completed an earlier project here around 20 years ago. The project was delivered in partnership with the school and Plymouth City Council and we’re really pleased to see how thrilled the staff and pupils were with the outcome of the project.”
Chair of Governors Darren Jones said: “We’re all really pleased with the expansion project and have already got our sights set on the next stage of our development to further enhance the extensive school grounds to maximise all areas of the curriculum through outdoor learning. The children have already chosen the gym trail and bike trail to be installed around the site. This work has been funded by our Friends of Yealmpstone Farm, who are a very active support group.”
It is a statutory requirement for Plymouth City Council as the Local Education Authority to provide sufficient pupil places to meet the demands of the growing population of the city.