Livingstone pupils give top marks to school expansion

THERE IS a new look to Livingstone Primary School and pupils are delighted.

When youngsters returned to the top Mossley site after the half term holiday, they did so to two new classrooms.

The Mayor of Mossley, Councillor Greg Brett, joined head teacher, Rebecca Willard, and children to officially open the bright and spacious rooms.

The six months of construction work cost £568,000, funded by a Basic Need grant from the Government to Tameside Council.

Head teacher Rebecca Willard, Finn Bong-Smith, Talia Clays-Jones, Lily Cheetham, Mayor of Mossley Greg Brett, Jack Flynn and Lois Jordan

The school, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2015, has 161 pupils, admitting just 20 pupils each year with each class containing pupils from more than one year group.

The new accommodation now means the school can offer 30 places each year which will eventually lead to seven, single year group classes.

The project has also enabled a new step free access from the playground, cloakroom, stores and a smaller classroom for withdrawal groups and 1:1 teaching.

Miss Willard, formerly deputy head and who has taught at the school for 10 years, said: “This is a major step forward.

“There has been no building work of this magnitude in my time at the school.

“The project couldn’t have worked without the help of staff, governors, pupils and parents who have had to endure the disruption while work took place.”

Indeed, construction wasn’t without its challenges. Livingstone, which received a ‘good’ Ofsted grading in February 2014, is at the bottom of a steep hill, in a cul-de-sac.

This caused delivery issues while ground conditions were difficult. The main United Utilities sewer the site had to be diverted.

However, all obstacles were overcome and the new classrooms were occupied for the first time by excited pupils on February 27.

 

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