Work begins on Sheffield school rebuilds

Nicola Shipman.
Nicola Shipman.

Work has started on rebuilding two Sheffield primary schools as part of a £7 million priority construction project.

Pupils at Fox Hill and the Manor’s Prince Edward primary schools are due to move into their new premises in a year’s time.

The primaries have been singled out by a £2.4 billion Government programme, which seeks to replace some of the country’s most dilapidated schools.

The new Prince Edward will have room for 420 pupils, while Fox Hill will have capacity for more than 300 pupils, including a 52-place nursery and a 19-place special educational needs unit.

Julie Storey, Prince Edward executive headteacher, said everyone was thrilled by the plans.

She said: “Our children and community thoroughly deserve this. We know the children will have many varied learning opportunities and will thrive from the many benefits the new build will provide.”

The building will include a cooking room, library, and studio for drama and art.

Miss Storey said: “For the first time, our children will be able to experience outdoor sports on the proposed field and the all-weather pitch. We are looking forward to being able to deliver quality teaching and learning in what will be a wonderful, engaging environment.”

Nicola Shipman, Fox Hill executive principal, said: “We are delighted the new build at Fox Hill will finally give the children and families of our community a learning environment that is fit for purpose and a school they truly deserve.

“All children are having to learn a range of new skills and knowledge in order to be able to live in our evolving and ever changing world, so having a 21st-century building that provides innovative learning spaces, a modern environment and the new resources to do this is fantastic.”

The current programme replaced Labour’s previous initiative, which Education Secretary Michael Gove scrapped as wasteful.

Schools have to compete for the funding available.