Our Brand New Building
This page will keep you up-to-date with everything concerning our building work and new classrooms. It’ll be regularly updated with information and images, but for more simply click here and visit our full photo gallery.
Moving Into Our New Classrooms
With the electricity connected and furniture being moved in, the new build is almost complete. It’s amazing to think of how far it’s all come: children are now learning in their new classrooms.
Check out the results below!
Temporary Closure of the Berryfield Car Park
Please be advised that the trackway leading to the new building is due to be removed on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd March.
Due to the size of the vehicles involved, this will mean that our Berryfied car park will, once again, be closed to all other vehicles (including deliveries) for both days.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
The New Classrooms Have Arrived!
As you may have noticed, something’s a little different about the school field this week… Our classrooms have arrived! After being craned in and slotted together like a giant LEGO set, the new build is now well on its way to being ready. You can see pictures of its delivery and construction below.
Laying the Foundations
A runway has been put down across our field thanks to a long procession of cranes and lorries, while foundation stones have been laid on the building site as well. Clearly, something’s coming… We should receive the new building this weekend (4th-5th March), so when you come back on Tuesday it’ll already be in place! Keep an eye on this page for more pictures and updates.
A Delay To Our Classroom Delivery
Due to the high winds that are forecasted this weekend, the delivery of our new classrooms will not be taking place on Saturday 25th February as planned. It has instead been postponed until the following weekend (the 4th-5th March).We’ll keep you updated!
As you may have noticed, the building work has begun: fences are up, heavy diggers are in and things are well under way. It’s all very exciting! You can see the results below:
The Build’s Impact on School Life
The school has been granted planning permission to add additional classrooms on our site. We therefore wanted to provide some clarity and reassurance over the impact this will have during the school day. We are confident that there will be minimal disruption to the school’s routine: the builders are going to be fenced in and self-contained within their work area! Moreover, the entire construction phase should only take 12 weeks from start to finish and we hope to be moving some of the children into their new classrooms by Easter. Because of these changes, we’ll be updating this page to keep you (and the wider community) up to date with our progress. In the meantime, a plan of the building layout will be available to view in the Berryfield Hall. We thank you in advance for bearing with us during the weeks ahead. We’re looking forward to you seeing the finished article.
Parking/Car Park Access
The initial ground work will begin on Monday 06th February, so there will be a number of vehicles and equipment arriving at school. Both our car parks are going to be closed as a result. Our local PCSO has been made aware of the works and will be monitoring the situation to ensure that people park and drive with consideration to the local residents during these time-frames. There may be additional dates throughout the construction phase when it will be necessary to temporarily close the car parks. This information will be communicated to you when known.
Site Access Restrictions
Pedestrian access for both the Sladesbrook and Berryfield entrances will be unaffected. However, there will be no access to the KS1 playground via the gates by the Bungalow. Access to the school for pupil drop-off in the morning and collection at the end of the day will be via the side-gate next to the kitchen for the duration of the building work. For the safety of all concerned, please can we stress the importance of using the pathway at all times and not cutting across the car park itself. See below for a map highlighting the amendments to our usual access arrangements detailed above.
The Key Stage 2 playground will be temporarily reduced in size due to the nature of the building works. One netball court will be out-of-action, too. Furthermore, the bike racks and scooter pods will be unavailable. Due to the approved location for the new building, it will also be necessary to remove the outdoor stage. We investigated the possibility of dismantling and relocating it elsewhere, but (having been the subject of regular safety inspections since installation) it was deemed unsafe to do so. We are in the process of salvaging as much wood as possible from the structure to re-use it.
The area outside Year 1 will be having the low black fence removed as well. Consequently, a temporary Heras-fenced entrance will be installed. This will have emergency exit facilities only. In addition, there will be no access to the playground area in front of the Music Mobile. All children will be escorted to and from this building. For any children that have individual music lessons in the Bungalow or Music Mobile, they will be collected from the office by their music teacher and accompanied at all times. All peripatetic music teachers have been informed.
Start of the Day (KS1)
End of the Day (KS1)
|All KS1 and Foundation pupils will start the day by lining up on the KS1 playground. A bell will then be rung at 8.40am. Teachers will collect the children from the playground.||Badger Class: They will exit the school from the entrance onto the Quad beside the Year 2 classrooms.
Owl Class: These pupils will exit from their classroom’s back door and through the side-gate by the main entrance. Woodpeckers/Rabbits: They will be released from their usual doors.
Start/End of the Day (KS2)
Arrangements for both mornings and afternoons for KS2 will be unaffected.