Weldon Primary School opens new eco-friendly classroom

Eden Storey and Archie Torrance, both eight, with David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, at the unveiling of the eco-classroom
Eden Storey and Archie Torrance, both eight, with David Scott, chairman of Scotts of Thrapston, at the unveiling of the eco-classroom

Pupils at Weldon Primary School gave three cheers when the ribbon was cut to mark the official opening of a new classroom.

The Redwood Studio, a sustainable timber-framed building constructed by joinery manufacturer Scotts of Thrapston, replaces an old mobile classroom used to teach Key Stage 2 children.

Head teacher Lynne Wildman said: “The new building is so airy and bright. The children will love learning in there.”

Mrs Wildman added: “We had been looking for years for a solution to the problem of an old mobile classroom that was being used for classes of our Key Stage 2 children.

“The old building was small, cramped and had no running water.

“The end result is amazing, better than we could have imagined.”

A striking feature of the new classroom’s design is the large number of windows, allowing in plenty of natural light and saving on electricity bills, and providing ample ventilation when opened.

Other features include good acoustics and thermal comfort.

Archie Torrance, a pupil at the school, said: “I really like our new classroom because it is so bright and big.

“The windows are big, letting enough light in for us to be able to see all our work without the electric light being on.”

Eden Storey, another pupil, said: “The rooms are bigger and we have enough space to be able to do much more drama.”

The Redwood Studio, which was constructed in about 10 weeks, was paid for out of school funds with a contribution from the Parents, Friends and Teachers Association.