Willow Wood Primary School expands to accommodate more pupils
19 April 2018Pupils and staff at Willow Wood Primary School are starting the summer term in an inspirational new £730,000 learning environment.
The school in Winsford has had a major refurbishment to accommodate more pupils with a new nursery, two reception classrooms, offices, and hygiene and parent rooms.
Cheshire West and Chester Council paid £500,000 of the total cost of the work after successfully bidding for £230,000 from Central Government.
Sue Tomlinson, Willow Wood Primary School headteacher, said: “We are so lucky to have this amazing space to learn in, it’s a teacher’s dream. The children are so focused, engaged and busy, it’s brilliant to see.
“The outside space is fantastic too and I look forward to seeing the children exploring, playing and developing their skills in their new learning environment.
“Our community deserves the very best and this is what our governors and school community have had the vision to deliver for generations to come to enjoy.”
Mark Parkinson, the Council’s Director of Education, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to secure funding to allow the expansion of Willow Wood Primary school. We welcome the development and I’m sure the children will feel comfortable and eager to learn in their new classrooms. This provision will offer improved opportunities for children and their families in the future and complements the excellent provision that already exists in the area.
“The facilities have been created to provide a fantastic teaching and learning space for the children in Early Years and their teachers. The project will significantly support their education at a time in their life which makes a significant impact on their attainment and future outcomes.”
Crossfield Construction carried out the work and formed a strong relationship with the school to keep everyone up to date with the building process. The architect Steve Fitch, project manager Chris Pearson and the Crossfield team attended parents meetings and events at the school and also hosted school assemblies to teach the children about health and safety.
The company demolished and remodelled existing classrooms during school holidays to avoid affecting the normal school day.
The rest of the work was able to be done during the school term in a separate part of the site. A viewing platform was set up so that pupils could safely keep an eye on the building work at all times.
John Paul Cassidy, Operations Director at Crossfield Construction, said: “We are delighted to have handed over our works at Willow Wood Primary School. This has been a challenging project working in a live school environment, and our engagement with the pupils and staff has been important throughout.
“The new facilities provide vital new learning spaces and a nursery provision for young people in the surrounding Winsford area, and these new environments are something the whole community should be proud of.”
Pictured with the pupils inWillow Wood Primary School's new build is project officer Chris Pearson, teaching assistant Lesley Harrison, John Paul Cassidy of Crossfield Construction, teaching assistant Samantha Ridgeway, headteacher Sue Tomlinson, teacher Caroline Smith, Lucy O Connor of Crossfield Construction and Nicola Cain of Crossfield Construction