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Colham Manor Primary School

Year six pupils at Colham Manor Primary School gave their expanded premises an exuberant thumbs-up when they were visited by Councillor David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children's Services.

Colham Manor Primary School

The development includes an extended dining room, a spacious library with picture windows overlooking the link garden, roomier reception facilities and a dedicated year six block with a dedicated ICT area.

It has inspired students and staff to new heights of creativity and the new cooking facilities mean the school is now providing meals for four other schools.

The children enthused about "better and healthier food", "quicker service," "more choice" in the dining room and "loads more books in alphabetical order", which were of "lots of different genres" in the library.

Pupil Ronnie Heath said the year six pupils had: "Golden time every single Friday when they can come and read books" and the children were also rewarded after their SATs and other significant events with library visits.

Head teacher Simon Hawley said, "The project has provided the school community with a huge boost and has given our school a more professional and purposeful feeling. The library was particularly important to us and has already made a huge difference to our literacy rates - English at L4 three years ago stood at 62% and is now 87% which is above the national average."

The school has been using the improved cooking and eating facilities to offer cookery classes and education around healthy eating. Food education Manager Sue Fletcher-White, encourages pupils to grow some of the produce used in the classes themselves and has also organised cookery courses for adults, demonstrating cooking from fresh ingredients on a budget, as well as running a breakfast club for over 100 children.

The children also praised the secure reception facilities with two sets of doors and security cameras, so that staff can monitor who's coming in and out of the building.

The school will have 720 pupils when full and has a staff of over 100, including 60 teachers and teaching assistants.

Councillor Simmonds said he was extremely impressed by the children's presentation on the new building.

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Article utilities:  Bookmark and Share Print Print this page Last updated: 07 Dec 2016 at 10:25