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School celebrates £1.9m extension to building

Published on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A SCHOOL which has had a £1.9m extension built is celebrating with an official opening event.

Whitehall Primary School, in Evington, now has seven new classrooms, new toilets and an extra room for teaching pupils who have special educational needs.

It means the school’s capacity will increase from 420 to around 630, providing an extra class of 30 pupils in each year group.

The official opening event, on 12 July, will include a performance from the school’s choir and ukulele orchestra, as well as a dance performance from the pupils.

This will be combined with the school’s annual strawberry tea event, which is a special thank-you to all the volunteer helpers and people connected with the school. There will also be a picnic for the whole school, as part of an overall celebration event.

Headteacher Anna Boychuk said: “We are delighted with our new school extension. It’s in total keeping with the existing building and the construction company, GEDA, has done a fabulous job, working closely with the school throughout.

“Staff, parents, governors and pupils are all really impressed with the new facilities, which will further enhance the outstanding learning environment at Whitehall as we continue to expand with increased pupil numbers.

“The whole school has worked together to keep the children safe and to ensure as little disruption as possible during the building work, and I’d like to thank everyone for their support during this busy period.”

Cllr Sarah Russell, assistant city mayor responsible for children, young people and schools, said: “Whitehall is one of 23 city primary schools we’ve expanded to meet demand for places at reception year. Over the past four years, we’ve invested more than £30milion in creating an extra 4,500 pupil places across the city.

“We’re following this up with a £3.7million project to remodel existing space at a further 40 schools, creating 1,146 new places for pupils.

“This work is really important in allowing us to ease pressure on school places, and we’ve worked closely with our schools to come up with these solutions. That’s why it’s great to hear that Whitehall pupils and staff are so pleased with their new facilities.”

Money for the work at schools come from the Government’s Basic Need funding, designed to support the provision of extra school places in areas where they are needed.