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Delight at school extension

PUBLISHED: 13:00 01 August 2010 | UPDATED: 22:00 01 August 2010

AT a time when many schools are mourning the loss of proposed building projects, pupils and teachers in Blundeston have celebrated a brand new extension.

AT a time when many schools are mourning the loss of proposed building projects, pupils and teachers in Blundeston have celebrated a brand new extension.

Children and staff at Blundeston CEVC Primary united outside their school before the summer holiday as they greeted their new £500,000 extension.

There they were joined by site manager Mick Speirs and director Jack Davey of contractor French SEH Construction, as together they held a ceremony to mark the historic occasion with a commemorative date stone.

Speaking to the pupils, headteacher Kate Schonhut said: “We brought you all outside so that you'll be able to say, 'I was there when that was built', because it will hopefully be here forever.”

The extension includes a completely new entrance, front office, staff room, activity area and two new classrooms for the school, meaning that it will be able to accommodate more pupils after the schools reorganisation programme.

“We have been so lucky that it has just happened at the right time, so that we are ready for year five to stay at the school, and for year six near year,” said Mrs Schonhut.

The celebration at Blundeston Primary has come at a time when many other schools have to live with their existing facilities, following the government's decision to scrap the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Jane Liddell, vice chair of the school's governors, said: “We are so lucky, we don't quite know what we owe our luck to.

“Lots of schools won't get these facilities that we've got, but it's all gone very smoothly and the kids are pleased.”

The building will be officially opened in September, but the ceremony marked the end of nine months of work that has seen the school and contractors working alongside one-another.

French SEH Construction director Jack Davey said: “It has been a good project that has been within budget and delivered on target. It's gone very well.”


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