Pupils from Colwall CE Primary School held an official opening ceremony on Friday 3 October to say thank you for their temporary new school.
The ceremony, which included pupils singing songs and a ribbon cutting ceremony, marked the end of six weeks of intense hard work by numerous organisations to provide a new school building for the 190 enrolled children in time for the new school year.
The temporary new school, which is made up of connected Portakabin’s, is expected to remain in place for the next 12 to 24 months whilst issues with water entering the old school building are resolved. The move will ensure continuity of education and minimum disruption for the pupils.
Councillor Tony Johnson, leader of Herefordshire Council and local ward member, said: “We are all absolutely delighted with the way the new temporary school at Colwall has turned out. It is an amazing feat of partnership working to provide an entire school, albeit it a temporary one, in only six weeks.
“We were incredibly fortunate that Portakabin actually had the building almost ready to go, after using it for a similar purpose elsewhere in the country. Although it is not an easy job to transport and erect such a large number of buildings in a small Herefordshire village.
“The fact that the children can continue with their education in a wonderful new setting, without being disturbed by building work at the old school building, is justification for all the hard work which has taken place.”
Judith Tinsley, headteacher at Colwall CE Primary School, said: “We are all overwhelmed with the support we’ve received in such difficult circumstances to ensure that we would be ready for the new school term.
“I would like to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work and support including the parish council, Conservators of Malvern, Diocese of Hereford, The Elms School, Portakabin, Western Power Distribution, Integral, Herefordshire Council and all the contractors and workers.
“My heartfelt thanks also go to the residents and community of Colwall, our governors, staff and wonderful pupils and parents and we’re looking forward to a wonderful school year.”
To read the progress of the school during the six week development, visit the latest updates on Colwall CE Primary School blog on the council’s newsroom.