Pupils from Watermoor Primary School in Cirencester visit site of new school building at Kingshill

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Pupils from Watermoor School get their first look around the site of their new school being built at Kingshill Pupils from Watermoor School get their first look around the site of their new school being built at Kingshill

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Cirencester were given a hard hat tour of the building site that is soon to be transformed into their new state-of-the-art school building.

Members Watermoor Primary School’s student council joined builders on the site at Kingshill on Wednesday, February 26 just days before the first bricks are laid.

The Cirencester school, which is currently located in Watermoor Road, is set to relocate to the new site in 2015 and will expand to accommodate more than 200 pupils.

Head teacher Jo Pearce told the Standard that the children had been looking forward to getting out and seeing the diggers in action.

“They’ve been really excited to get out here and have a look at the new site. At our school we make the curriculum very real. I wanted them to see for themselves that the work was starting,” she said.

The new single storey school, which is being built close to Kingshill secondary school and the new skatepark, will include an early years nursery as well as a multipurpose hall that can be used by people in the local community.

Outside the school there will be hard and soft play areas, a multi use games facility and a car park.

Cirencester’s deputy mayor Cllr Mark Harris, who was present at the tour, said it was important that the town council supported local schools.

Cirencester Town Council has been quite instrumental in making this happen. What with all the other things being built here, Kingshill is set to become a central hub for the town’s leisure activities,” he said.

The school’s expansion has been necessary following two housing developments being built on the eastern side of Cirencester, which are expected to generate 140 additional primary school children by 2016.

Cllr Deryck Nash, lead member for estate services at CTC, said it was “brilliant” that the new school will integrate facilities that can be used by the whole community.

“It really is great to see it all coming together and, of course, it’s great to see the children here having a good time,” he said.

It is hoped that pupils will move into the new building at Kingshill in February of next year.

For more information, visit www.watermoorps.co.uk.

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5:21pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Geoff66 says...

Glad to see that this project is progressing. However, surely we now need to start looking a other schools around the town, in order that we can look at how these schools will cope with the expected growing numbers of additional households and residents, planned for the town.

For example, what is the future of Chesterton Primary, when we are looking at the potential of around 2,500 new homes being built in the area.....and will the remaining schools be able to pick up the increased numbers of pupils we can expect when Cirencester may see 3,600 new homes being built overall??

We really need to start looking our infrastructure and resources to ensure these will be able to cope with plans to increase Cirencester and its population, and let's not forget that we are a major "Hub Town" for the Cotswolds..... CDC you better getting moving with our Local Plan
Glad to see that this project is progressing. However, surely we now need to start looking a other schools around the town, in order that we can look at how these schools will cope with the expected growing numbers of additional households and residents, planned for the town. For example, what is the future of Chesterton Primary, when we are looking at the potential of around 2,500 new homes being built in the area.....and will the remaining schools be able to pick up the increased numbers of pupils we can expect when Cirencester may see 3,600 new homes being built overall?? We really need to start looking our infrastructure and resources to ensure these will be able to cope with plans to increase Cirencester and its population, and let's not forget that we are a major "Hub Town" for the Cotswolds..... CDC you better getting moving with our Local Plan Geoff66
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6:33pm Sun 9 Mar 14

cir3ngirl says...

Pity the children who play football on the pitches there have not been thought about last week we had to negotiate a patch of mud from the car park that was almost ankle deep.
Pity the children who play football on the pitches there have not been thought about last week we had to negotiate a patch of mud from the car park that was almost ankle deep. cir3ngirl
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