A NEW £2.5m extension to a primary school near Bridgwater that expands its capacity by more than 200 pupil places has been officially opened.
Willowdown Primary School was originally opened on the Kings Down development seven years ago with space for 210 children and has seen demand for places grow.
It is an academy school coming under the umbrella of the Clevedon Learning Trust, with the building project funded and managed by Somerset County Council.
Expansion was built into the school’s plans from the start and the extension and remodelling fit seamlessly with the original building, its open spaces and play areas, providing six new classrooms, plus an additional reception and nursery room, allowing the nursery to offer a further 26 places.
Headteacher Ro O’Reilly said: “We are delighted to have our wonderful new extension open and operational. This extension will allow the school to grow as the community expands over time.”
The extension was opened by the Mayor of Bridgwater, Cllr Leigh Redman, who said: “I am lucky enough to be a Governor here, in fact I was at the first meeting when the school was first discussed and the question was asked, ‘what do you want the school to be?’
“I love being part of Willowdown, I want to give a big shout out to everyone involved in bringing this new part of the school into reality, and a big thank you from me to you all for the amazing work you did to get our young people through the pandemic.”