A SCHOOL in south Reading will be celebrating the completion of its expansion project with an official opening ceremony next week.
Staff and children at The Ridgeway Primary School will be welcoming guests for the event on Friday 18th November.
The project has included a new 10-classroom teaching block and a new entrance building containing the school hall and kitchen.
The school, in Hillbrow, Whitley, has also benefitted from additional toilets, new heating installed throughout the school and a newly built all-weather sports and training pitch.
A new entrance has also been created to accommodate the school’s expansion which will see capacity increase from 210 pupils to 630.
Headteacher Madeleine Cosgrove said:
“The expansion project at The Ridgeway has been transformational for the whole school community. Pupils and staff now have access to a high quality environment both inside and outside.
“From the start, the teams from Reading Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Galliford Try have been committed to understanding our Vision and Ethos and have worked hard to achieve a creative, calming, safe and purposeful environment.
“We would like to thank all those who have helped us to be able to offer places at this beautiful school to even more Reading children.”
The work at The Ridgeway is part of the council’s £61 million school expansion programme aimed at creating more than 2,500 extra primary school places across the borough.
Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, will be celebrating the opening. He will be joined by three Reading College students who are taking part in the annual national Takeover Day in which young people take over adult roles.
Cllr Jones said:
“This has been a major construction project and the staff and children deserve credit for the way they have carried on with their day to day business regardless.
“I hope they are now enjoying the benefit of their great new classrooms, new entrance building and their improved sports facilities.”
Notes to Editors
• Reading Borough Council is working with Hampshire County Council and contractors Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try, Midas and Whitescape to deliver the School Expansion Programme which is due for completion in autumn 2016.
• Schools included in the expansion project are: Alfred Sutton Primary, Churchend Primary, Civitas Academy, EP Collier, Geoffrey Field Infant and Junior Schools, Ridgeway Primary, Ranikhet Primary, Southcote Primary, St Michael’s Primary, Thameside Primary, St Martins Cof E Primary, Newtown Primary.