Work starts on £2.9m school project

WORK has started on a £2.9m school project that will create a “wonderful asset” for a community.

The builders have moved in on the site of the existing Bewley Infant School, in Low Grange Avenue, Billingham.

They will create a large, purpose-built extension that will see all pupils taught under one roof from September 2012.

Bewley Infant School and Bewley Junior School will become Bewley Primary School this September ,with the community primary school initially operating from both the existing buildings while the infant school accommodation is extended and refurbished.

The existing Bewley Junior School building will then be demolished and the land surrounding the new development will be developed into outdoor learning space.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This investment is creating a fantastic learning environment which will really benefit the children who attend the school and it will also be a wonderful asset for the local community.”

Stephen Aistrup, headteacher of the school, said: “This exciting project will have a real, positive impact on the educational experience we offer our children and I can’t wait for the building to be finished so we can start learning in it.”

“Pupils from both Bewley Infant and Bewley Junior Schools worked with the architects during the design process and I’m looking forward to seeing their ideas come into fruition.”