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Opening the doors to a new 'school village'

Malvern Editorial 10th Oct, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

PUPILS, parents and teachers have celebrated their school moving to a new temporary home.

Colwall Primary School welcomed parents of current and prospective students on Friday (October 3) to see youngsters enjoying a typical day in the new ‘school village’.

The temporary buildings have been constructed next to the original school which has been blighted by flooding issues and is currently undergoing exploratory works.

Children were able to start the autumn term as scheduled on September 4 in the new village where they are set to be located for the rest of the school year.

Headteacher Judith Tinsley confirmed progress on investigating the flooding issues was going well and a formal update was due by the end of the month.

She said: “We are very pleased with our new premises. When I think back to the start of July when the discussions surrounding a temporary school first took place it was hard to believe that a new building could be created in time for us to return in September and have no impact on the education of the children.

“What has been achieved has been truly amazing.

“To recreate a school in six weeks was a major accomplishment and we are extremely grateful to all involved. At no point during the construction were we given any indications that the school would not be completed, everyone was positive and used that positive enthusiasm to drive the build forward.

Ms Tinsley added: “Not only have the construction team worked tirelessly to deliver the building but our staff have also worked hard to create the environment that we have today, laying out classrooms and creating displays showcasing the skills of our children.

“We now have a lovely building with great facilities and, it is dry. Located where we are we can see the original building that we used which serves as a daily reminder of how lucky we are.”

The headteacher also moved to thank Herefordshire Council and companies Integral, Portakabin and Levon Consulting for their support in recent weeks.

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