A much-needed extension bringing together Ecclesall Infant and Junior school into one site was opened last week.

The £4.9million project, completed by Balfour Beatty on behalf of Sheffield City Council, has seen the site change from a 180 place infant school to a 600 place three form entry community primary school.

Ecclesall Primary School has 15 new classrooms, a larger kitchen and dining room, a studio, a courtyard, an SEN provision area, an atrium for a new large library, a computing suite, and a multi-use games area.

Emma Hardy, Head Teacher at Ecclesall Primary School, said:  “We are delighted that after nearly three years of consultation and planning that we were able to open the school to our 600 children on Monday 10th September 2018 as planned. This took an enormous amount of work, time and effort on behalf of Balfour Beatty and my staff behind the scenes.  Our motto is ‘happy children, happy school, learning together, growing together’ and we feel we have now achieved this. Ecclesall Primary school is a very special place to be part of.”

Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council, said: I’m delighted to see the completion of Ecclesall Primary, providing state of the art facilities for local children and the local area.

“The expansion is a key part of our work to meet the increased local demand for school places across the city.”

Paul Buchanan, Balfour Beatty Project Lead, said: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Sheffield City Council and Ecclesall Primary School over the last year. Together, we have provided 600 local children and teachers alike with a significantly enhanced and stimulating learning facility.”