In spite of some very cold and wet conditions, the early part of the building work has gone smoothly. During the weekend following the go-ahead from the planning department, safety hoardings were erected around the top and bottom of the school field, to allow for heavy machinery to commence work on preparing the ground for the new MUGA and staff car park respectively.

Meanwhile, at the back of school, the junior playground – while still usable – has been reduced in size and fenced off. This has facilitated the creation of a service road in from an entrance in the Baslow Road boundary wall and allowed digging equipment to start excavating the ground which will eventually lead onto the preparation of the foundations for the new classroom block adjacent to the hall. Excess earth is being transported from the back of the school to the front, so as to build up the ground at the downhill end of the MUGA so that it lies as flat as possible.

The builders are currently on schedule and have been brilliant in trying to keep noise levels to a minimum during the school day. They have also created a viewing point in the hoarding at the front of the school so that we can keep an eye on what is going on and continue to admire the diggers, of course!

We do thank the whole of our school community and, in particular, local residents for being patient and putting up with a degree of disruption both around the school site and on the roads around the school.