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New primary school opens at Parklands Village

2:37pm - 04 September 2020

The new Parklands Educate Together Primary School in Weston-super-Mare opens for pupils on Monday (7 September).

The school is the first of up to three new primary schools planned for Parklands Village by North Somerset Council to meet the increasing number of children requiring school places in the area.

Over the next 10 years up to 3,650 homes and more than 5,000 new jobs will be created at Parklands Village on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land.

The school originally opened in September 2018 in a temporary building just around the corner from the new school site. Another temporary building was added in September last year as the school expanded to four classrooms. 

The new school has 14 classrooms and early years nursery. It will initially have 420 primary school places and a pre-school with capacity to expand to 630 places when required.

Outside the school day the local community will have access to a meeting space and the school hall. The hall has been designed to facilitate theatre activities and it is hoped the school will become a hub for local activity outside school hours.   The £9m contract to build the school was awarded to Willmott Dixon and the Educate Together Academy Trust was appointed as sponsor of the new school.

"This project is a demonstration of fantastic collaboration between the council, Willmott Dixon and Educate Together Academy Trust who have worked through some incredibly difficult times to deliver a spacious, light and innovative primary school in time for the start of the new school year," said Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council's executive member for children's services and lifelong learning.

"The building is amazing and truly inspirational. I'm sure the children and the staff are going to love it. Every classroom and space has its own unique aspect and is built to a high quality in terms of design and delivery. The size of the rooms and supporting spaces and the well planned outdoor areas will be the envy of many other schools." 

"We are delighted with our new permanent building," said Headteacher Steve Davis. "North Somerset Council, Willmott Dixon and Educate Together Academy Trust have worked extremely well together throughout the project and the fantastic school building we have at the end of this long process is a reflection of all this hard work.

"The school staff can’t wait to welcome our pupils and families to school on Monday and are so excited by the opportunities the building and grounds offer for a high quality education."

Richard Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: ‘‘It has been a pleasure working with North Somerset Council and the Educate Together Academy Trust to deliver this exceptional school for the Parklands Village community. Designed and built to meet the needs of staff, pupils and the local community, we hope that the new learning environment will be a space for young people to thrive, and a great asset for the residents of Parklands Village.

"Everyone has worked incredibly hard in challenging circumstances to ensure the school is ready for the new term, and we wish the staff and pupils every success in their new home.’’

David Moore, Senior Development Manager at St Modwen, said: “Homes England and its development partner St Modwen are delighted that Parklands Educate Together Primary School is opening in time for the new school year. This has been a result of collaboration between many different parties, but particularly Educate Together, Willmott Dixon and North Somerset Council.

"The school, part funded through developer contributions from Locking Parklands, is at the heart of the development and its delivery is an important milestone in the creation of the new community.”