Term may have started late at Grayswood Church of England Primary School – but the new school year was worth waiting for as pupils are now enjoying brand new and improved school buildings.
Prolonged summer downpours and difficulties with water and electricity supplies had put the school’s £2million expansion scheme behind schedule, forcing governors to delay the start of the school year by a week.
Builders were still on site for the project, which is being funded by Surrey County Council and supported by the diocese’s buildings and estates team, during the first weeks of the school year. But pupils and staff are now able to enjoy a brand new entrance, four new classrooms, a science/tech/art room, two new libraries, new toilets, a new kitchen and a large new hall.
Headteacher Sally Bloomfield said the challenge had led to strengthened relationships. She said: “Without any hesitation the acting headteacher Clare Talbot from Woolmer Hill secondary school, Haslemere, enabled pupils from Grayswood to be educated at her school for the week our school was closed.
“It was a fantastic collaboration with everyone benefiting from working together. We had access to a classroom base, their gym, media lab with iPads, the canteen for lunches and outdoor play space.”
Due to the success of this collaboration both schools are now looking into a range of ways in which they can work together in future.
Grayswood is currently expanding from an infant school to a primary school. It has 150 pupils up to Year 4 and will soon be able to accommodate 210 pupils aged 4-11 ready for when it becomes an all-through primary school in September 2017.
Chair of Governors Fiona Tough said: “This is such an exciting and pivotal time for our village school, which not only has a secure future but wonderful new facilities.
“It is very exciting to see the children enjoying the new environment and the opportunities it is already bringing.
“It has been a long journey and I would like to pay tribute to our resilient children, our incredibly motivated staff, supportive Governors and also our parent community for their remarkable forbearance.
"It is wonderful to look ahead. We are confident we have an amazing academic year ahead of us and this will certainly be one that goes down in the history of Grayswood School!”