Work starts on new primary school building


Work on a new primary school building at Parklands Village in Weston-super-Mare has begun.

Parklands Educate Together Primary School is the first of up to three new primary schools planned by North Somerset Council for Parklands Village on the former RAF Locking base and surrounding land.

It will initially have 420 places with capacity to expand to 630 places when required.

The school currently operates in a temporary building and pupils already there attended a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday (Wednesday 5 December) to mark the start of work on the new school building which is due to open during the 2019/20 school year.

“Being able to attend the ground-breaking ceremony was a really exciting and important event for our pupils,” said Nicole Ackland, Parklands ET teacher.

“We are looking forward to watching our new school take shape and learning all about how schools are made and how we care for our learning environment. In the future we are hoping the children will remember that they were there at the very beginning of the project.

“Educate Together is working hard with the council to ensure that families already at the school in pre-school, reception and year one, and those joining in September 2019, have a positive experience as the transition between buildings takes place.”

For further information about places at the new school, or to attend a school tour, email info@parklandset.org.uk or call 01934 404 555.

The £9m contract to build the new school has been awarded to Willmott Dixon by North Somerset Council. It’s part of the investment in the area supporting the council’s drive to stimulate growth in Weston by delivering much-needed jobs, homes and services.

In addition to the new school, preliminary construction work has started on the North South Link Road which will form the main link through Parklands Village. As well as providing access to the new school, this road will open up land allocated for up to 1,800 new homes and 2,700 jobs.

“It’s vital that the necessary infrastructure is in place to help create strong new communities with the services and facilities they need,” said North Somerset Council Leader Cllr Nigel Ashton. “Providing local schools for local pupils is a key part of that.”

Richard Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We were delighted to celebrate the ground-breaking ceremony yesterday. We look forward to bringing the vision for this school to life and providing a great new learning environment for the families of Parklands Village.”

David Moore, Senior Development Manager for St Modwen, said: “We are delighted that work on the new primary school and North South Link Road is now under way, part funded by St Modwen. The new primary school will be an integral part of the community facilities planned for the Locking Parklands development which already includes the ‘Radio Wing’ community building and a multi-use games area, but will also include a retail high street, GP practice and further employment space.”