New extension at Kettering school officially opens

Bishop John Holbrook officially opens the new expansion.
Bishop John Holbrook officially opens the new expansion.

A new extension at a Kettering primary school which cost £1.8m was officially opened yesterday.

The work to redevelop St Andrew’s Primary School in Grafton Street has seen new classrooms built and some existing classrooms extended, as well as extensive work to the outside space.

The extension was officially opened by the Bishop of Brixworth John Holbrook, with guests given a tour of the school by pupils.

Headteacher Ben Arnell feels the extension will provide their pupils with a better learning environment.

He said: “Before the work took place kids were getting out of their chairs and banging into things, but there’s much more space for them now.

“The children have finally got what they deserve and I’m so pleased and excited about this.

“Children here have now got a much better learning environment to help them progress.

“The works have taken around 18 months but we’ve made it into an educational experience for the children, so they’ve looked at builders’ designs and done work based on it.”

On opening the expansion, Mr Holbrook said: “This is an amazing new building which is an excellent place for you to learn.

“I’m so happy for you all and I hope you enjoy it.”