11 July 2018

Hoardings designed by the pupils from Totley primary school have been unveiled today, 11 July 2018.

Pupils have taken part in a design the sign competition to create the health and safety messages for the hoardings around the build, which will expand the school.

The £2.1 million expansion project, being completed by ENGIE, will provide an additional 60 school places from September 2018.  The building works will create a new two-storey teaching block which will include four classrooms, a staff room, a media suite, and a food technology and science lab. The new site will link through to the existing school.

Ben Paxman, deputy head teacher at Totley Primary School said: “The children have been fascinated by the building work and have loved seeing the structures they had seen in the plans come to life in front of their eyes! Some of our school council children have been lucky enough to be able to walk around the site and have seen for themselves the stunning new spaces which they will be able to learn in. The construction process has been incredibly smooth so far, with the builders working extra hard to overcome delays caused by the extreme winter weather earlier in the year. Now, as the school year draws to a close, children and staff can’t wait to get into their classrooms in September and make the fantastic new learning environments their own.”

Councillor Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for education and skills at Sheffield City Council said:  “This competition is a great chance for the pupils to learn and understand about health and safety on a building site, how this impacts on their school life and in their everyday lives.

“It is also marks the next step of the build, so we can see what a brilliant asset this will be to the school.

“There has been a huge demand for school places in this area for the last few years and this expansion will ensure that all children in the area will be able to attend their local primary school long into the future.”

Rob Seaman, Contracts Manager for ENGIE, said: “As a company, we are committed to leaving a lasting legacy in the communities in which we work, so it’s great that this competition has given the students the opportunity to visit the new extension and see first-hand the importance of site safety in the construction industry.

“We really appreciate all the children’s hard work on their designs, hopefully we may have even inspired a few construction professionals of the future!”