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Children celebrate new school buildings

Hillingdon's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services visited four schools benefiting from council cash for new classrooms and better facilities.

Cllr Simmonds at Hermitage school

News release: 08 July 2013

Hillingdon's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education & Children's Services visited four schools benefiting from council cash for new classrooms and better facilities.

Cllr David Simmonds toured four of the borough's schools to meet the children and teachers and see the impressive new and developing facilities. Hillingdon is investing almost £150m in new primary school places, providing new classrooms and building new schools to ensure all school children have a school place near their home.

Between 2011 and September 2014, extra facilities and classrooms will have been added to 28 primary schools in our borough as part of the biggest school places investment programme of its kind in London. 

With two brand new purpose built primary schools set to open in the autumn of 2014, the council will have delivered over 5500 extra school places in just three years. 

The Deputy Leader visited Colham Manor and Hermitage Primary Schools in Uxbridge, Brookside and Charville Primary Schools in Hayes.

He said, "It was amazing to meet these children and find out how enthusiastic they are about their new facilities. The objective of our programme is to make sure there is a high quality place for every child in the borough - from north to south, east to west.  Through this visit I've seen the programme in action, and I'm delighted with the results."

Colham Manor School's new development includes an extended dining room, a spacious library with picture windows overlooking a garden, roomier reception facilities and a dedicated year six block with a dedicated ICT area.

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.

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." 

Children at Brookside Primary School in Yeading can look forward to classes in its gleaming new years five and six classroom block, giving them something to forward to as they work their way up the school.

Charville Primary School in Hayes, which converted to an academy in May, has made innovative use of old girls' and boys' toilet blocks and converted them into bright and airy new reception classes, linked by a lofty canopy, and providing access to the main playground through fencing painted in primary colours. 

Work on a complete rebuild of Hermitage School which is located in the centre of Uxbridge, started in May 2013.  This major rebuild will take place over two years.  An additional reception class has already opened and when these children reach year six, the number of pupils will have doubled to 450 including the nursery.

Councillor Simmonds will be visiting more of our redeveloped schools over the next few months.  To find out more about our programme, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/SIP

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