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Work Starts on £4.3M First School in Uttoxeter

GF Tomlinson has started construction on a new first school on the Bramshall Meadows in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

The Midlands-based contractor is leading the construction of the school, which is set to offer 150 school places for pupils aged four to nine years old, along with nursery places.

The £4.3 million scheme is being delivered via Staffordshire County Council’s Capital Framework, and has been designed and project managed by Entrust. The Uttoxeter Learning Trust, which is set to run the school, also held a public consultation earlier in the year with the local community.

The new single-storey 1 form entry (1FE) first school is being developed as part of a wider plan to expand first school provision in the Uttoxeter area in response to an increased demand for places generated from new housing in the local area. The 12,000m2 site will accommodate the first school and its external facilities; as well as this, the school represents the first pupil places to be constructed in response to growth in the area.

Chris Flint, Managing Director at GF Tomlinson Building Limited, said: “The new first school will provide much-needed school places for children in the local area and help to meet the demand generated from the recently completed Bramshall Meadows housing development.

“As one of two schools projects we are currently working on with Staffordshire County Council, we are delighted to be delivering this new, high-quality school building which will inspire pupils to achieve their academic potential and provide a solid building block for their journey through education. The school will also meet the growing needs of the local community and it is great to see work starting. We look forward to seeing steady construction progress on-site in the coming months.”

Jonathan Price, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, commented: “It is essential that we plan ahead for future demand for school places. This new school will be the latest in our school capital programme, which will ensure there are plenty of school places available for local children. We are also ensuring that this school will be able to cope with future demand, having designed it in such a way that it can be expanded to accommodate more children.

“It has been great to see work begin on-site, and I look forward to seeing how the building progresses in the coming months.”

Sarah Clark, CEO, Uttoxeter Learning Trust, added: “It’s great to see the construction works getting under way for this exciting new first school that we are proud to support and which will benefit the local community.”

The school is set for completion in summer 2022.

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