CONSTRUCTION works have started to create new permanent classrooms for students at Comberton Primary School in Kidderminster.

The three temporary double mobile classroom blocks that are currently onsite are being replaced by a two-storey extension, which will feature six classrooms, and three group rooms, for year 4, 5 and 6 pupils.

Worcestershire County Council has provided just under £2.1 million of capital grant funding to cover the cost of the project.

Deena Frost, headteacher at the school, said: "The whole school community - children, staff, parents and Governors are really excited for the project to get started.

“This is really welcomed and will hugely improve the facilities and educational opportunities for the children of Comberton. 

“We are particularly looking forward to having years 1-6 all within the same building which will really support our strong family feel and sense of belonging for all the children. 

“We are keen to involve the children as much as possible throughout the process. Year 6 met with the architect last year to explore the plans and planning process and  we are now looking to create a time capsule to hide within the cavity walls.

“It will be great for the children to play their part in the history of the school."

The project is planned to be completed at the end of June 2024. 

Councillor Tracey Onslow, cabinet member for education at Worcestershire County Council, said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the progress at Comberton Primary School, as the new classrooms develop and give the children a new permanent facility to learn in.

“Ensuring our students have access to resources and facilities is a top priority for us.

"School facilities play a really vital part in children’s learning and development, and we want to make sure our children have the facilities they need to go on and reach their full potential."