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Delight as new games area opens




A ‘celebration of construction’ was held at Roydon primary School on Friday to mark a milestone in a £5.75m development project.

GAME ON: Pupils at Roydon Primary School were in jubilant mood. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography.
GAME ON: Pupils at Roydon Primary School were in jubilant mood. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography.

The school’s new all-weather multi-use games area was formally opened – to the delight of staff and pupils.

The project to expand the school began in May and will include purpose-built classrooms, additional learning spaces, a much larger hall, a food technology room and changing rooms.

Upon completion next year, it will almost double the school’s pupil capacity, increasing it from 250 to 420 pupils.

The extension project will be completed next year. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography (4643262)
The extension project will be completed next year. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography (4643262)

Headteacher Sarah Bradford said: “We may be growing in size, but parents can rest assured that every one of our pupils will continue to be taught as an individual, and the Roydon family ethos will remain at the heart of everything that we do.”

So far, the new car park has been prepared, half of the foundations have been laid and walls are being built.

“The staff are working hard to ensure that we continue to provide the best education for the children during what could have been a challenging and disruptive time,” said Mrs Bradford.

“We are very excited about all that is going on around us, but most of all we will be delighted to wave goodbye to our mobile classrooms that were ‘temporary’ installations 20 years ago.”

The new games area is the first milestone of the £5.75m extension project. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography. (4643405)
The new games area is the first milestone of the £5.75m extension project. Picture by Mike Norman of Maxim Photography. (4643405)

The celebration on Friday included an early Christmas present for the children – several footballs – from Morgan Sindall, the building firm carrying out the construction work.



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