Junior school’s £2m revamp

A Sheffield school is embarking on a major £2 million redevelopment project.

Friday, 11th October 2019, 12:13 pm
Updated Friday, 11th October 2019, 1:01 pm
Westbourne school's redevelopment plans

Independent school Westbourne, in Broomhill, will revitalise its junior school with a large two storey building including a hall, gymnasium and three classrooms.

There will also be new changing rooms, a new main entrance and glass fronted reception, office space, a new covered playground and internal alterations to the existing buildings to form new toilets.

One of the main features will be a new early years learning classroom and the design will provide a free flow between the indoor and outdoor play areas.

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The building will replace the existing junior school hall, with a fresh access from Ashdell Road, meaning the new facilities will also be more suitable for private hire.

Building work will begin next summer and Westbourne says it reflects its successful and sustained growth in recent years.

“This is an exciting time for the Westbourne community as it demonstrates our commitment to offer the very best learning environment for our pupils,” said headmaster John Hicks.

“As Sheffield’s only co-educational independent school from three to 16 and also the only independent school to operate an academically non-selective policy we are delighted that our reputation continues to grow and this is reflected in our decision to go ahead with this important new building project.

“Our aim is to enhance the learning space for the children who are already with us and also to create something that will prove attractive to new pupils and their families.

“Although we are very much at the heart of Broomhill, careful and thoughtful design has created a space that sits comfortably within the existing site and is also sympathetic to our acclaimed Forest School learning space.”

The school now has 350 pupils ranging from pre-school age to Year 11, with more than 50 members of staff.