|Councillor Jeremy Millar is pictured at the ceremony with Leominster Infants School headteacher Meta Philpotts, Leominster Junior School headteacher Rhodri Richards and pupils Lucas Jones and Amelia Finnemore (Leominster Infants School) and Rosa-Marie Ingram and Imogen Althorpe (Leominster Junior School).|
Pupils at Leominster Infants School and Leominster Junior School were the first to dig in and break ground for their new school during a special ceremony attended by school officials and main contractor Kier Construction.
Herefordshire Council has been working with the two schools to bring them together by providing a new single, three-form entry primary school for Leominster.
Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s services said: “We are delighted to be able to start work on the new school. The building will have large, light classrooms, solar panels and plenty of outdoor play and sports facilities, which will provide a fantastic learning environment for pupils. The school will also be an asset to the local community.”
Jo Davidson, director for people’s services at Herefordshire Council, said: “This is a major step forward for primary education in Leominster and will ensure we have a wonderful new fit for purpose educational facility for pupils, which will enhance their learning environment.”
The council committed to building a new school for the town when the previous government’s Primary Strategy for Change programme provided capital funding for local schools. The new building will cost £11.23million, £8million of which has come from the Primary Strategy for Change programme, while the remaining balance will be covered by the council’s capital programme.
The plans to build the new Leominster Primary School were approved last month and the two separate schools are on schedule to become one from September 2014.