Work starts on new school extension

Staff and construction workers at the ground breaking ceremony at Barton Seagrave Primary School
Staff and construction workers at the ground breaking ceremony at Barton Seagrave Primary School

Work has begun to provide seven new classrooms, a new main entrance and internal and external learning areas at Barton Seagrave Primary School.

Designed by Northamptonshire based GSSArchitecture, the school says the new teaching facilities will create opportunities for ‘personalised and flexible group learning’, and the new classrooms mean there will be one for each year group.

The plans will amalgamate Key Stage One and Two, joining two separate buildings.

Head teacher, Marek Krzanicki, said: “This will produce a much more integrated school and visually will present a much more holistic school building, improving the arrival and visitor areas and creating a safe and vibrant learning environment.

“We are all very excited about the expansion of our successful school.

“Our new building and enhanced teaching and learning spaces will ensure that we continue to provide an excellent education for our pupils well into the future.

“This is an exciting phase of the school’s development and I look forward to working with GSSArchitecture, the allocated architects and Northamptonshire County Council. This opportunity to expand has been welcomed by the school community as we strive to serve all our local families.”

GSSArchitecture Partner, Tom Lyons, said, “The project will create a whole new and exciting learning opportunity at Barton Seagrave Primary School, with flexible modern spaces which promote both individual and group based learning.”

Russell Roberts, leader of Kettering Council: “I am very happy to see another £4m inward infrastructure investment into Kettering, particularly to be spent on schools.

“This is another great example of Kettering benefitting from our Managed Growth Strategy.“

As well as being used by the school, the new facilities have been designed to benefit local community groups.

The work at the school is due for completion in December 2014.