Big changes as building continues at Coten End Primary School

Coten End school celebrating an Outstanding Ofsted report ENGNNL00120121001105609
Coten End school celebrating an Outstanding Ofsted report ENGNNL00120121001105609

Pupils are making the most of a new improved buildings after almost two years of work to increase capacity at the county’s largest primary school.

Children and staff at the Warwick school are celebrating the end of the latest phase of improvements which will include six new classrooms, toilets and a cloakroom for its 496 pupils.

Staff will also benefit from a new office space in the £2million refurbishment which began in February 2014 is due for competition in the coming months after the third phase was finished this term.

Once complete, the primary school - already the largest in Warwickshire - will be capable of increasing pupil numbers from 496 to 654.

Co-head teacher, Hellen Dodsworth said they were delighted with the latest work and are ready to embark on another round of change.

She said: “This is a very exciting time for our school and we are delighted with the building work which has been completed so far.

“Everyone has worked together to minimise the impact of the work and the children, parents and staff are very pleased with their new and improving accommodation.

“We are really looking forward to everything being completed and we are very excited to see the finished school.”

The children have been involved in the project throughout, getting to grips with the building process through various projects which were fitted into their school day.

A Building Council was set up for pupils to take part in site meetings and visit construction workers on different stages of the build.

Pupils also took the opportunity to bury a time capsule under the timber floorboards in one of the old Victorian classrooms. Its burial is to be marked by a plaque at the school.

The build by Ashe Construction is expected to be finished in the coming months.

Site manager, Mark Skillington, said he was pleased to be part of such a significant project. He said: “We’re now into phase four of our work,

“We have really enjoyed working with the school. The staff and children have been fantastic and we can’t wait to deliver their new improved home to them.”