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Hillingdon Council celebrates new school year with teachers and pupils

Hillingdon Council's deputy leader Councillor David Simmonds celebrated the new school year with teachers and pupils at schools benefiting from the council's £150m building programme.

Cllr Simmonds and Head teacher Dorothy Chappell read a story to Field End children

News release: 03 October 2013

Hillingdon Council's deputy leader Councillor David Simmonds celebrated the new school year with teachers and pupils at schools benefiting from the council's £150m building programme.

The council's cabinet member for education and children's services visited four schools in the borough where new classrooms and facilities are being built to accommodate the rising demand for places.

He spoke to children and staff at Field End, Rosedale, Rabbsfarm and Bourne infant and primary schools, toured the new classrooms and playgrounds and inspected sites for two brand new buildings.

Councillor Simmonds said: "These new school classrooms are the result of years of meticulous hard work and planning from the council.  The demand for primary school places in London has been rising for several years and will continue to grow - and Hillingdon is proud to be leading other councils in making sure we are ready for this."

Head teachers have been delighted with the improvements to their schools.  At Field End Infants, a three-form entry school is being enlarged for four forms with the addition of a new reception block.  Dorothy Chappell, head teacher said: "The new building is beautiful and with four new linked classrooms so close to the nursery area, as well as a larger play area, it's very appropriate for our foundation stage children."

Rosedale Primary School is on the same site as the older children's academy, providing access to education from nursery through to 18. A completely new building is on its way, with the children attending temporary premises on-site at the moment.

A multi-use game area is under construction on the site of the old gym, with the final premises due in September 2014. Head teacher Neila Bamber said the children and parents were really excited and looking forward to using the new building next year.

A new building is also under construction on site at Rabbsfarm School. Head teacher Barbara Neville said: "Our community really deserves this new building and I'm very excited at the prospect of a new school."

Children at Bourne School expressed their delight at the sensory lighting, which switches on and off when not needed, the underfloor heating, the roof lights providing natural lighting and the air conditioning.  The school has new interconnecting nursery and reception classroom, which can be opened up to make a single larger space.

Head teacher Geraldine Mappley welcomed the extra space, which was helping the school to better deliver the national curriculum.

The council is providing school places for 6,500 additional pupils over a three-year period, to keep pace with rising demand.  The programme includes three brand new schools. as well as replacement of existing buildings with new accommodation at Rabbsfarm, Rosedale, Glebe and Hermitage schools.

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