“Our new school creates a fabulously calm and spacious environment with a learning street which is perfect for both independent and group work”.
Angela Stanbridge, Head teacher
Kempston Rural Lower School was in urgent need of an expansion to serve both the existing local community and the families that were due to move in to a new housing development in the local area.
There have since been three further housing developments in walking distance from the school. The increase in demand for places at the school meant there was an urgent requirement for more capacity because the original Victorian school building was not in a location which could be modified successfully.
Model: Keynes 2fe primary school and nursery
Framework: Scape Major Works
Construction: 39 weeks
- 420 places available compared to the previous 100
- 29 more local staff employed over past 3 years
- 10/10 Customer product satisfaction
Moving an ‘Outstanding’ school to a new home that met its high standards
The school prides itself on working to ensure a safe, secure and friendly ethos where children’s academic and social potential can be realised. The staff are fully committed to the ‘Every Child Matters’ initiative and as a result, children are happy and enjoy their time at Kempston.
The existing school in 2013 was extremely popular with local parents, due to its ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating, its impressive SATs results and its friendly and welcoming ethos. As a result, it quickly ran out of space to cater for the growing number of children living in and moving in to the local area and it needed a new home that matched its exceptionally high standards of attainment and achievement.
Maintaining Kempston’s core values during the big move
Head teacher Angela Stanbridge was determined to maintain the school’s core values of creating high self-esteem in all pupils, promoting spiritual and moral awareness, offering an enjoyable and independent learning environment and promoting caring individuals while the transition to the new school building took place.
She said she was delighted with the approach adopted by the delivery team. ‘All of those involved with our new school building, from the project manager to the apprentices, were friendly, honest and approachable – which made the process run smoothly and without any hiccups.”
The ‘wow’ factor
Head teacher Angela Stanbridge is delighted with her new Keynes building, not only because it provides the much-needed extra space for more children but also because it exceeded expectations in terms of appearance.
She said: “One reaction that will always stay with me is when one of our first years saw the learning street. She walked along it and was so excited by the big, airy space that she said ‘Wow Mrs Stanbridge, this is like our very own hotel!’ Parents and community visitors alike have had the same reaction!”
Once the building work was complete, the Willmott Dixon team kept in touch with the school to make sure it was operating smoothly and even returned to add a few extra aesthetic improvements to the playground.
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