new-look Churchfield School officially
opened by Bishop
Bishop of Taunton, the Rt Reverend Peter Maurice, officially opened
Highbridge's Churchfield School this week.
The school in Burnham Road first opened in 2010, bringing St Johns
Junior School and Beechfield Infants School together as one.
County Council secured £6.5 million pounds through a national
Primary Schools Capital Grant to fund the project.
school now caters for children aged three to eleven and gained
academy status, sponsored by the Bath & Wells Multi Academy
Trust, at the start of April.
development was delivered in stages to allow the school to remain
open while the building work was going on.
now boasts 14 classrooms, two halls, a kitchen, wireless technology,
hard and soft play areas and a multi-use games area.
To mark the opening, Bishop Peter led a special assembly of songs
and prayer. He also presented the school with a plaque to mark
the formal dedication of the new school building.
Gale, Director of the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust, said:
"We are delighted that Rt Revd Peter Maurice was able to
open this beautiful building which creates such a wonderful learning
environment for the children of Highbridge."
part of the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust marks a fresh
start for the school, with renewed energy and a commitment to
sustained educational improvement for every child."
look forward to working closely with the school, children and
their families to fulfil the full potential of each child."
Wendy Nelder told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "What a lot of new!
New building, new furniture, new values and a new school name
which reflects that Churchfield Church School is a new academy
sponsored by the Bath & Wells Multi Academy Trust. The children
and staff greatly enjoyed having the opportunity to say thank
you to Somerset County Council for providing them with a beautiful
Cllr John Osman, leader of Somerset County Council, added: "I
am delighted that £6.5 million has been invested in new
school buildings for the young people of Highbridge. We
are committed to working in partnership with our schools to provide
the best facilities for children which we hope will inspire them
and lead to good results in the future."
new school was designed and project managed by Southwest One and
built by local company Vinci Construction Ltd.
first phase of the development in 2010 saw the installation of
nine temporary classrooms on the site of St John's Junior School.
was followed by the demolition of the infants school. Construction
of the new school started in July 2011 and the finished building
was handed over in August 2012.
final stage of the project was the removal of the temporary classrooms
and the demolition of the old St Johns building.