Multi-million pound baby boom building for Sheffield school

Headteacher Sue Bridges at the new extension at Owler Brook Primary School
Headteacher Sue Bridges at the new extension at Owler Brook Primary School
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THE more the merrier - a Sheffield school can welcome 150 extra pupils after a multi-million pound extension was unveiled.

Nursery and reception pupils will be housed in the new block at Owler Brook Nursery, Infant and Junior School, built to help cater for the growing demand for pupil places in the city.

Features of the £3.8m building, designed to work around a difficult sloping landscape, include an elevated play deck enclosed by glass screens, group rooms plus a kitchen area.

There have also been changes to the school with a new caretaker’s house freeing up space for teaching, design and technology rooms and a multi-use games pitch.

Sue Bridges, headteacher of the school on Wensley Street, Grimesthorpe, said: “Children, parents, staff and the whole community are thrilled with the new building.

“Children deserve to be educated in the best possible environment and this building really does the job.

“The outdoor play deck provides fantastic opportunities for children to learn and explore.

“The remodelling has given us additional teaching and learning spaces, such as a state-of-the-art media hub and a food technology room.”

Owler Brook will now takepupils from reception through to Year 6, instead of just pupils up to Year 2.

Its extension was opened by Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun John Campbel.

It is the latest in a number of schemes to accommodate an increase in pupil numbers across the Burngreave and Fir Vale area.

Whiteways Primary, Pye Bank C of E Primary and St Catherine’s Catholic Primary have also been extended.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for young people, children and families, added: “I am sure pupils, their parents, staff and governors are very pleased to have these extra places at Owler Brook, rather than having to transport their young children across the city to other schools, sometimes quite a distance from their homes.”