First phase of £2.5 million Colleton School expansion almost completeBy Laura Herbert
October 19, 2012
The first phase of a multi-million pound investment to expand one of the borough’s primary schools is almost finished.
Wokingham Borough Council have put £2.5 million into The Colleton School in Twyford to build a new sports hall and create extra classrooms to increase school places from 35 to 60 a year.
As part of phase one, the Colleton Drive primary’s staff car park has been remodelled with 57 spaces, a new drop-off zone was created to improve traffic management and solar panels were installed to help offset electricity costs.
Phase two, which is due to start during half-term later this month, will include building an extension to the side of the school to create additional classroom space, offices and toilets.
The school will also have a larger sports hall and changing rooms and new playgrounds.
Councillor Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for children’s services, said: “The school is a fine example of an outstanding Wokingham borough school offering innovative and creative teaching in a wonderful setting.
“A Colleton education is already a great starting point for any child. Now, with the borough’s multi-million pound investment, a Colleton education will also mean the finest facilities.
“This is a deservedly popular school, of which the whole community – children, parents, governors, teachers and the council – can all feel extremely proud.”
Headteacher Caroline Norris added: “We are delighted with the progress being made on the first phase of our building project and are very excited about the future for the school.”
Many schools, particularly in the south west, town centre and north of the borough, are under pressure as the demand for places is rising.
Extra places were also created at Winnersh, Lambs Lane and Hawkedon Primary Schools for pupils starting school last month.
The additional places in Winnersh and Lambs Lane in Shinfield are temporary extra classes, while Hawkedon, in Lower Earley, and The Colleton schools are permanent expansions.
The council plans to invest £18m in schools over the next few years and has put forward £26m this year to upgrade facilities and create more places.