Work starts on new classrooms for primary school

December 02 2013

WORK has just got under way on a major extension to The Tynings School in Staple Hill.


WORK has just got under way on a major extension to The Tynings School in Staple Hill.

It will provide four new classrooms for the growing primary school as well as a bigger hall that can accommodate all the children.

The £1.8 million expansion of the school in Eastleigh Close, is due to be completed by next summer.

The school has already increased from a maximum of 210 places three years ago to 300 this year and by September 2017 it will have permanent capacity for 420 pupils.

The first part of the revamp included rewiring the 45-year-old building and making other internal changes to administration, ICT and staffroom areas.

A new early years section, comprising two large interconnected classrooms for the 60 reception class pupils, was created in the summer and has proved a huge success.

Head teacher Ashley Giles said: “The children have settled in really well and are getting on with their learning. The flexibility of the space is brilliant for everyone.”

Demand for primary school places is increasing across the area. The Tynings began taking additional pupils in September 2011. The school received 166 on-time applications for its 60 reception places for 2013, 66 of which were first choices.

South Gloucestershire Council has now been granted funding to increase the size of Mangotsfield CE Primary and Beacon Rise Primary and to build a new primary school at King’s Oak Academy.

Parents of children due to start school in September 2014 must submit their applications to the council by January 15.