A Northampton Primary School has opened a new classroom block which will help it to expand its intake by a further 120 pupils over the next three years.
Bridgewater Primary School in Weston Favell held its official opening of the new single storey block, funded by Northamptonshire County Council, on Thursday and marked the occasion with an exhibition of pupils’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning projects.
The 1,000 sq metre new building, which will soon have a classroom dedicated to science learning, features nine new classrooms, a hall which can be used as a dance studio and a staff room.
Headteacher Alison Harvey said the extra space will help the school, which opened in 2007, expand from two to three forms of entry - adding provision for a reception year and providing vital additional school spaces for the NN3 area.
The Bridgewater Drive school currently has 510 pupils, but this will gradually rise to 630 by 2018.
Ms Harvey said: “There is a demand for extra school places, but that hasn’t phased us.
“It will increase our capacity, but we are making sure we keep that community feel.”
Ms Harvey added that the school will continue to ‘twin’ year groups together in assemblies and sports days to develop relationships between the age groups of the school.
Pupils in years four, five and six have already moved into the new building and the feedback from them has been good so far.
Ms Harvey said: “The children really love it.
“They love their learning and this new building provides them with lots of opportunities.”
Northamptonshire County Council said the latest census data showed a 19 per cent increase in the county’s under fives population and had originally considered using portable classrooms to house the extra intake of pupils.