The final phase of Wokingham Borough Council’s project to expand Shinfield Infant and Nursery School is now starting.
The £1.8million scheme includes the creation of a new multi-purpose hall, school meals kitchen, additional classrooms remodelled from the old hall, as well as refurbished ones from existing classroom blocks.
See an image of the new hall (opens as a PDF).
The work is part of the borough council’s strategy to accommodate a rising number of primary school children in the borough – a trend mirrored nationally.
Shinfield Infant has expanded to become a three-form entry school. So the work also features a new hygiene room with special education needs teaching space, covered walkway linking the new hall to the main school building, and landscaping areas in the grounds with an additional hard play area and sensory garden.
It is hoped all of it will be completed by next September.
“Giving our schools and teachers the tools they need to create the best possible educational experiences for our children at an early age – that’s what this is all about,” said Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services at Wokingham Borough Council.
“This is an exciting time for Shinfield Infant and we’re really pleased to be part of it. We’ve been working across the borough to make sure there are enough quality primary school places for every child.”
Amanda Turner, headteacher at Shinfield Infant and Nursery School, said: “We are most grateful to Wokingham Borough Council for the opportunity to expand our school and for all the lovely new teaching spaces that have so enhanced the school environment and the children’s learning.
“We are very much looking forward to a big new hall and being able to have the whole school together for assembly.”
To meet the rise in primary age pupils, Wokingham Borough Council has in recent years built three new academy schools; the Charvil Piggott Primary, Windmill Primary and Wheatfield Primary .
The council also supported parents to open a new free school Evendons Primary.
Other existing borough council schools have also been expanded; The Colleton Primary now two forms of entry and Hawkedon Primary now three forms like Shinfield Infant.
Work started last month at Grazeley Parochial CE Aided Primary School to create one form of entry, and plans are being finalised to start at Shinfield St Mary’s CE Aided Junior School to expand it to three forms of entry.
A further academy – Montague Park - is also being built to support new homes in Wokingham town. Six further new schools will open during the next decade to serve the new developments around Wokingham and Shinfield and in Arborfield.