Work to modernise Barrhill Primary School to offer young people an environment that is ‘stimulating and fit to educate pupils’ in the 21st century has begun.
The £1.3 million development forms part of the council’s Asset Management and School Estate Management Plans which set out investment priorities for schools over the next 15 years – and the upgrade and extension of Barrhill Primary identified as a priority project.
Excited pupils met local councillors, developers and Councillor Margaret Toner, South Ayrshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning at the school, as she cut the first sod for new foundations, formally marking the start of the extension and refurbishment project.
Councillor Toner said: “I am absolutely delighted to formally mark the start of these works at Barrhill Primary.
“It’s thrilling to think that as soon as May next year, our young pupils will be moving back into a school offering them the very best facilities, all aimed at giving them the best possible education.”
The whole school has already been decanted to the community hall for the duration of the work - with minimal disruption to the curriculum - until they move back to their newly refurbished and extended school in May 2014.
Councillor Toner continued: “Schools lie at the heart of our communities and the extension at Barrhill Primary will deliver a light, bright learning environment that will bring out the best in them.
“It was clear from the children’s excitement that they’re already looking well ahead to when they can go back to the building and explore the changes.”
“Like them, I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished works myself and to see the superb new facilities they’ll all soon be able to enjoy.
Comments from the pupils included: “I like the hall because it looks pretty.
“I’m looking forward to going to the new school because it will be bigger,” said Kayleigh Jordan.
“I like being in the hall because it’s really fun and exciting. I am hoping the new school will have more space,” said Zoe Allan.
“I hope the new school has bigger classrooms. I like the layout of the temporary school,” said Harry Flower.