New school taking shape at Lyde Green
Published on: 01 Aug 2016
NO wonder these boys and girls are smiling - they've just seen their new school for the first time.
The children will start at the new Lyde Green Primary School from September having spent their first school year in the adapted drama hall at Downend School.
The four and five-year-olds donned hard hats and hi-vis jackets when they popped in to inspect progress at their future school.
The school is being built on the new Lyde Green estate between the ring road and motorway at Emersons Green East.
The £4.75million school has been funded through Section 106 money paid by developers to the council to provide educational facilities for the new community.
It will eventually have up to 420 places for pupils age four to 11 and will serve the new estate which will grow to accommodate more than 2,500 homes.
The site will also be home to a new resource base for up to 12 children on the autistic spectrum which will open in 2017.
A number of eco features, including solar panels on the roof and natural ventilation, have been incorporated in the plans.
Lyde Green Primary School forms part of Castle School Education Trust (CSET), a multi-academy trust which includes Downend and Mangotsfield schools and Castle School in Thornbury.
The 24 children split into two groups and were given guided tours around the school by executive headteacher Dafydd Lawday and Will Roberts, who will become chief executive of CSET from September 1.
Mr Lawday said: "The children have been very enthusiastic and are very much looking forward to September. They were shown their classroom and were very excited because it's enormous! The visit has really brought their new school to life for them."
Mr Roberts, former executive head of Downend and Mangotsfield schools, said: "The children have seen the plans of the school but this was the first time they had visited the building.
"The chance to see where they will be learning in September is really special for them and they are very excited."
Mr Roberts said the children had received a brilliant start to their primary education: "The children have had a fabulous year at Downend School. The drama studio was refurbished especially for them so it looked and felt just like a primary school, with their own building and own entrance.
"They have made stunning progress so we are really pleased."
Olivia, five, said: "It's good because it's big and there's lots of rooms. I'm looking forward to doing learning."