An official ground-breaking ceremony has taken place at an academy school near Woking to mark the start of a £5.6 million building project - part of a massive government-funded school rebuilding programme that will see four Church schools in the diocese completely transformed.
On 1 March, excited pupils and staff of Pyrford C of E Primary School were joined by representatives from the Diocese of Guildford, the Education Funding Agency and the Portakabin Group to celebrate the start of work on site, which will serve to provide a new building for its 480 pupils.
Pyrford School is an academy within the Diocese of Guildford’s umbrella trust and rated ‘outstanding’ by both Ofsted and SIAMS, the C of E’s statutory inspection for church schools. Following a successful bid by the Diocese of Guildford, its dilapidated 1960s building are being completely rebuilt under the government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), which seeks to “address the condition needs of the schools considered to be most in need of urgent repair”.
Two hundred and sixty schools across the country will be transformed as part of the PSBP, including three other Church schools in the diocese: Riverview C of E Primary School in West Ewell, St Lawrence C of E Junior School in East Molesey, and St Bede’s C of E Junior School in Send, which are due for completion in 2017.
"We are delighted to be benefitting from a brand new school which will transform the learning environment for our children for many years to come.”
For now, pupils and teachers at Pyrford remain in their current buildings while the works take place, but in September the new school year will bring them a completely new learning space, designed to the latest teaching standards, with high levels of natural light and increased access and space for outdoor play and learning. The two-storey facility will have 16 bright, purpose-designed classrooms for two forms of entry and a multi-purpose hall.
Kathryn Krynicki, head teacher at Pyrford Primary School described the difference the new buildings will make to the school and its pupils: “This is such an important milestone in the project and in the history of the school. Our existing facility is beyond repair so we are delighted to be benefitting from a brand new school which will transform the learning environment for our children for many years to come.”