Primary school unveils £4.5m eco-extension
A Downham primary school has unveiled its new £4.5 million extension after years of teaching children in mobile classrooms.
County education chiefs have funded the expansion of the Hillcrest Primary School, plus a new library that will be ready by September of this year.
The project aims to respond to a predicted spike in pupils in the next few years, as the school is popular with parents.
The new building boasts, two storeys, solar panels, eco friendly lighting, CCTV cameras and a natural ventilation system that detects the levels of carbon dioxide in the classrooms and draws fresh air from the roof.
Headteacher Matthew Try said: “This building is the only two storey primary in the county.
“It’s design is much more like a high school which will help Key stage 2 children with the transition.
“Our staff and pupils did a fantastic job with our previous facilities, however, mobile classrooms cannot compare to a building designed for purpose.
“Caring for the environment is a large part of our curriculum so it’s quite fitting to have a building that reflects that.
“We are running the i-centre as efficiently as possible. Each classroom provides only as much light as required.”
Year 4 teacher Dave Martin said: “It’s such a fantastic building for maturity purposes.
“It looks like a secondary school but with primary aspects of learning.”
Emily Passmore, eco-councillor in year six said: “We’ve done lots of eco-friendly projects around school and local area such as litter picks, so I really love the fact that we have solar panels.”
Milo Parker, also in year six, said: “I really liked it since we moved in. It’s so much nicer than the mobiles.”
The ‘i-centre’ which stands for independent learning which is part of the school’s new Swedish model of education.