Wednesday 7 October 2015
WORK to expand a Sheffield primary school in order to meet rising demands in birth rates is getting underway.
Hallam Primary school in Lodge Moor is being expanded to meet the needs of a growing population.
Part of this includes building new classrooms on the site to take it from a two class entry school to a three class entry at reception.
Exploratory work has been carried out in the vicinity in order for works to get fully underway. This has led to the discovery of landfill underneath the open space near the school. Plans are now underway to deal with this in order to make sure the new classrooms are in use by next academic year.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “All children deserve to attend a ‘great’ school. As well as the quality of teaching and learning and enriching experiences, this also includes a great environment in every school. That is why I‘m pleased to see the expansion of Hallam Primary School getting underway.
“Increasing primary school places in Sheffield is part of the council’s vision for guaranteeing excellent education outcomes and equal access for all.
“Sheffield, like everywhere else in the country, is experiencing a baby boom and we have to accommodate these needs for school places by expanding the schools we have as well as building new schools.
“The changes at Hallam Primary school are in line with this growing need which aims to provide enough primary school places for Sheffield children in the area of the city in which they live. Being able to access a good education on your doorstep is fundamental to being able to learn.”
Dan Ladbury, Head of Capital Delivery for Sheffield City Council, added: “While digging to create the temporary access road a number of weeks ago, our contractor discovered historic landfill material in the ground.
“Extensive tests have been carried out already, which has identified that there is no risk from this material, either to pupils of Hallam Primary School or indeed to the general public but we do need to remove it from the site as part of the works.
“Refurbishment works have continued to the junior building during the summer break, although the programme for the delivery of the new build extension has obviously been affected.”
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