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Expanded primary school can increase intake by a third

PUBLISHED: 09:10 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:10 11 February 2019

Bursted Wood Primary School is oversubscribed. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.uk

Bursted Wood Primary School is oversubscribed. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.uk

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A Bexley school is set to grow the number of its students by a third after major expansion work is completed.

Inside the new extension. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.ukInside the new extension. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.uk

The work at Bursted Wood Primary School, Swanbridge Road, Bexleyheath has taken three years and cost £4.5million.

Nine extra classrooms were built along with a new reception area and frontage, IT suite, a library and study space on the site next to the school.

This all means the school can now accommodate 630 pupils.

It was already oversubscribed and remained extremely popular with parents, so Bexley Council requested that governors and the senior leadership team of the school consider expansion.

Stairs leading to the second storey. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.ukStairs leading to the second storey. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.uk

Once agreed, they and property consultancy Ingleton Wood liaised closely with parents and staff.

As a result of the collaboration Ingleton Wood produced the design for the school’s beautiful metal and polycarbonate cladding to the front, which reflects the colours of the environment around it.

Headteacher Diana Dryland said: “After three years of much collaborative working with Ingleton Wood and the project manager from the London Borough of Bexley, we now have a new building for our Key Stage 2 pupils that is bright, airy and very pleasant for them.

“We are delighted that the design, colours and style reflect the very special environment where our school is situated.”

One of the classroooms. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.ukOne of the classroooms. Photo: www.andrewhatfield.co.uk

And Stuart Norgett, architect and partner at Ingleton Wood, added: “The trees and woodland ideas came from them. This great piece of collaboration was probably one of the best parts of the building process for us.

“One of the biggest challenges we faced was the fact we were working on such a small site through the school terms, but a package of preparation works around the site allowed the school to continue operating seamlessly.”

Bexley Council’s cabinet member for education, Cllr John Fuller, said: “This impressive new extension will be home to an increased number of Bexley children. This is another example of how, together with schools, we have planned to ensure that we can continue to offer local children access to local schools.”

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