£2m facelift for Corby school and childcare centre

Staff and pupils at Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School celebrate the start of �2m of improvement works
Staff and pupils at Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School celebrate the start of �2m of improvement works

Work has started on a major facelift of a Corby school and childcare centre costing nearly £2m.

Our Lady of Walsingham Primary School and Little Learners Childcare is set to benefit from a new nursery building, sensory rooms, two external play areas and a wildlife garden.

In addition, the whole arrival, entrance and external learning areas to the school in Occupation Road are being upgraded with new paving, parking, lighting, signage and fencing.

New classrooms are being created to cater for the rising student numbers and demand for places at the school, all with new laptop computers and interactive whiteboards.

The project also includes a complete refit of all the toilet and hall areas within the school and nursery.

Headteacher Maire Hayes said: “This is a fantastic vote of confidence in the school. Our Lady’s is a wonderful school and everyone who visits comments on what a happy and vibrant environment it is. We will soon have an excellent learning environment too.”

Sam White, proprietor of Little Learners Childcare, said: “The nursery has only been open at the school for less than two years and is already very successful with around 70 children and a recent Ofsted ‘outstanding’ rating. We are very excited about this nursery and the range of learning spaces it will provide.”

Tom Lyons, partner at GSS Architecture and diocesan architect, said: “We work with schools across the whole of the country and Corby really has a fantastic school and nursery in Our Lady’s and Little Learners. The works will give the site a range of exciting and flexible learning spaces and a much improved sustainable environment.”

Work is due to start on Monday, June 25 and the main contractor is Steele & Bray of Northampton.