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Morgan Sindall completes £2.6 million Old Sarum school expansion

Supporters of Old Sarum Primary School with staff and pupils stand outside the new building

A popular Salisbury primary school is set to double its intake following the completion of a major expansion project delivered by Morgan Sindall.

The Old Sarum Primary School expansion was delivered for Wiltshire Council and has created a vibrant new academic environment for school users. The scheme included the construction of a two-storey steel frame building which now houses seven new classrooms and a studio.

The expansion enables the school, which currently accommodates 210 pupils, to go from a one form to a two form entry facility for 420 pupils. Morgan Sindall’s team has also delivered additional playground areas, car parking and a drop off zone at the south end of the school.

Jon Daines, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have successfully delivered this major scheme, which will enable Old Sarum Primary School to double its intake - alleviating the pressure driven by demand for primary school places in Salisbury and creating a light and bright learning and teaching environment for all school users.”

John Jones, Headteacher at Old Sarum Primary School, said: “We are very proud of the wonderful new facilities that our children are enjoying. The new classrooms, studio and tech room are loved by the children and allow us to enrich the curriculum. Ofsted inspected the school in October 2017 and rated us ‘Good’ in every respect. The completion of our new building is the cherry on the cake!”

The expansion is part of Wiltshire Council’s £93 million three-year investment programme to create sufficient school places to accommodate the growth in pupil numbers in Wiltshire. A further £10 million is also earmarked for school maintenance over the three years. The programme is part of the Wiltshire School Places Strategy which is regularly reviewed. The funding for the investment programme comes from the Department for Education and Section 106 contributions from developers.

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