Celebrations mark end of school £3m extension

TIME DIFFERENCE: Four-year-old Phoebe Rose Harvey with 101-year-old Gwen Palmer with the time capsule that will be buried to mark the extension. 271414MH

SCHOOL EXTENSION: Headteacher Martin de Vine with pupils John Smith, Billy Davies and Lucy Bailey with the commemorative plaque. 271412MH

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE completion of a £3 million project to extend and improve Cookley Sebright Primary School has been officially celebrated.

Gwen Palmer, 101, a former pupil and Phoebe-Rose Harvey, 4, the school’s youngest current student, unveiled a commemorative plaque last Friday, while a fruit tree was planted and a time capsule was also buried to mark the occasion.

The development included building eight new classrooms, refurbishing the existing Victorian building and demolishing outdated parts of the site.

Martin de Vine, headteacher at Cookley Sebright Primary School, said: “ Everyone is delighted that this important project is now complete.

“Children are at the heart of all we do and the modern facilities that are now available to us will enhance the dynamic learning environment that makes our school community so special.”

The project was funded by Worcestershire County Council, alongside a large contribution from the school.

Conservative councillor John Campion, Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for transformation and commissioning, said: “The county council has a well-deserved track record in providing sustainable public buildings and our schools are no exception.

“It is always exciting to see what positive changes this will make for future generations.”

Worcestershire County Council cabinet member for children and families, Conservative councillor Liz Eyre, added: “The new and updated facilities are a fantastic addition, which will benefit many local children and families for years to come.”

Quattro Architects of Gloucester designed the development while Kier Construction carried out the building work.

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