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Send Primary celebrates one school, one site, one uniform

Date: 23 March 2017

GW May 17 Send Ribbon Cutting

Send CofE Primary School near Woking celebrated the grand opening of its new KS2 building in March, bringing its infant and junior pupils together onto one site to better aid educational cohesion.

Excited children and staff welcomed Bishop Andrew and representatives from the diocesan education department and Surrey County Council as they officially opened the school’s brand new two-story building.

Nicholas Skellett, vice chairman of Surrey County Council, cut the ribbon alongside the eldest pupil, Poppy Greener, and a sculpture was unveiled by the mayors of Guildford, councillor Gordon Jackson, and of Woking, councillor Anne Murray. Bishop Andrew then unveiled a commemorative plaque and gave a blessing.


Send Primary became one institution in 2012 when Send First School and St Bede’s Junior School federated. However, its KS1 and KS2 pupils remained separated by the large playing fields between the two original sites. The new block means that they can now operate as a single community: enjoying lessons, themed weeks, collective workshop and sports opportunities together.

Susan Sayers, Send’s executive headteacher, described what the joined-up site means to the pupils and staff: “The opening of a new building is significant enough in its own right, but to us it is so much more – the realisation of our dream to create a new primary school and the momentous efforts made by everyone involved to create a happy and vibrant place for children of the Send community to learn and grow into successful young people. The new KS2 building on the KS1 site has fulfilled all the things the children, parents and community wanted: one school, one site, one uniform.”

Some of the KS2 pupils who have been enjoying their new classrooms, toilets and library since the start of the term shared their thoughts.

Shyam T: “I love our lime green walls because it makes our classroom fun.”

Louis K: “I like how we can play with the little ones because they are right next door to us.”

Laura G: “I like our new classroom because it is nice and modern and feels spacious.”

Some of the KS2 pupils who have been enjoying their new classrooms, toilets and library since the start of the term shared their thoughts.

Charlotte M: “I like being on the top floor of the school because it makes me feel special.”

Lily C : “I like the radiators on the ceiling in the hall because it gives us extra space for PE.”

Mrs Sayers added: “A child's time with us is short, precious and cannot be repeated: we have to get it right. Our children deserve the best and our new team is committed to achieve that for them. The school has made amazing progress over the last 18 months and is going from strength to strength as a result of a shared vision and high levels of expectation, commitment and professionalism. We are very proud of our team.”

The building work was funded through the government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), following a successful bid by the diocesan school buildings team. Two hundred and sixty schools across the country are being transformed as part of the PSBP, which seeks to “address the condition needs of those considered to be most in need of urgent repair”.

Three other Church schools in the diocese will benefit from the scheme: Riverview CofE Primary in West Ewell, St Lawrence CofE Juniors in East Molesey and Pyrford CofE Juniors.

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