24th Oct, 2016

Head hopes £1.2m revamp will inspire

Evesham Editorial 16th Jan, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE HEADTEACHER of an Evesham school which has undergone a major £1.2million revamp believes the work will prove to be ‘inspirational’ for students

David Coaché, head at St Andrew’s CE First School, praised the Maryman’s Road site after an official opening was held last Friday (January 9) to unveil the work.

The development, which has been funded by Worcestershire County Council and a contribution from the school, has re-modelled the main building and includes new classrooms, a library, an IT area, a new hallway and new offices.

Mr Coaché told The Observer there was ‘not an inch of the school that hasn’t been refurbished’ after further funds were put forward to improve the rest of the first school aswell.

“The official opening is a fantastic achievement.” he said. “The new school facilities will provide an inspirational learning environment that will facilitate the learning of every pupil.

“The re-modelling of our school will hasten the realisation of our school vision, in offering the best possible environment in which individuals from our school community can thrive and succeed.

“All this was made possible by a successful relationship between the school, Worcestershire County Council and the contractor E Manton.”

Work started on the building after the school were told its classrooms were ‘at the end of their life’ before funding became available to push the project ahead.

An opening celebration held last Friday saw a forty minute concert with all pupils singing, followed by an open afternoon where parents, carers and visitors were free to look round the new building.

Coun John Smith, county council member for Evesham North West and former governor of the school, added: “As a former governor I still take a keen interest in the school and have no doubt that in the years to come local children will benefit from

these improvements.”

Work is also underway to develop the school further into a two-form entry. Mr Coaché said due to the housing increase the school will double in size to accommodate the growing number of people.

This will be in place by September this year.

A new classroom at St Andrew’s First School. Photo by Alex Bradbury 0215006ABR2

A new corridor at St Andrew’s First School. Photo by Alex Bradbury. 0215006ABR4

The new building at St Andrew’s First School. Photo by Alex Bradbury. 0215006ABR6

The new school entrance at St Andrew’s First School. 0215006ABR5