A Shropshire building contractor has officially handed over the keys to a newly constructed primary school as it prepares to welcome its first pupils next month.
SJ Roberts Construction which, in partnership with its sister company SJ Roberts Homes, is delivering the new, award-winning, community at Allscott Meads between Shrewsbury and Telford, handed the keys over to representatives of the school and its sponsors, the Learning Community Trust at a ceremony yesterday.
Allscott Primary School offers capacity for up to 150 pupils, across six classrooms, and additionally offers a sports hall, kitchen, staff room, offices, storage rooms and various other rooms for one-to-one teaching, support and interviews. It boasts a 1.1-acre sports field, hard-surfaced sports court, 40 bike parking spaces, and car parking for staff and visitors. There are plans in place to also offer nursery provision to the growing local community.
Commenting on the completion of the school, Mike Sambrook, MD at SJ Roberts Construction, said:
“The vision for Allscott Meads, following the demise of the sugar beet factory that once stood on this site, was to create a vibrant community that appeals to a wide demographic. A school was always central to our vision, and we’re delighted to have successfully delivered that.
“It is a stunning building which offers a modern, light and colourful environment in which the children will learn. Whilst our work on site is now complete, our ongoing work at Allscott Meads means we’ll continue to work closely with the school community to provide additional learning opportunities for the pupils.”
Speaking on behalf of the Learning Community Trust, CEO, Jane Hughes, added:
“Having worked closely with the SJ Roberts team throughout the construction of this new school, it’s fantastic to now see it standing resplendent alongside the village green. In just a few weeks, we’ll welcome the first pupils and we’re all looking forward to seeing their reaction to such a fabulous learning space.”
An ‘official opening’ ceremony involving local dignitaries will take place at Allscott Primary School in early September.
Cllr Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Visitor Economy concluded:
“The opening of a new primary school in Allscott is an exciting project our council has driven, as part of our commitment to provide more school places and great learning opportunities closer to home for more pupils in our borough.
“We are looking forward to the opening of the Allscott Meads Primary School this September.”