STUDENTS are looking forward to an exciting new chapter in their education when a £7.5m building transformation starts at their school.
Pupils from Wellfield Community School, in Wingate, have been busy looking over plans for a re-modelling of their school under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Work is due to start in April next year, with a proposed completion date of June 2014.
And while staff and students enjoy their holiday, there is already a real buzz about the improvements around the North Road East-based school.
The work will include the creation of a new “heart space” directly off the main school entrance, as well as a “hub-and-spoke” system from the central courtyard replacing a current system that will allow most departments to become destinations in their own right rather than being dissected by the existing corridor.
A bold new two storey entrance area will transform the appearance of the school on arrival and create a new identity which school bosses say will have “tremendous visual impact”.
Sarah Armstrong, the school’s senior pupil achievement leader, said: “This transparent and welcoming entrance area will contrast significantly with the existing appearance and reflect the ethos of the school as a caring, sharing and totally inclusive establishment.”
She added that the “hub-and-spoke” design of the school’s new interior plays a key role in the re-modelled building.
Ms Armstrong said: “The careful use of colour, texture, lighting and a range of different furniture style will also give each department it’s own character and identity.
“Staff and students alike agree these are very exciting times for Wellfield.”
The main contractor on the scheme is Carillion. Jane Braybrook, community liaison manager with Carillion, said the work will be done with minimal disruption to the students’ education.
and added: “We will be working with the school at every stage of the building.
“We have already done some work with some of the school’s construction students, giving them an idea of how the business works.”