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Willow Wood Primary School expands to accommodate more pupils

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Pupils and staff at Willow Wood Primary School in Winsford are starting the summer term in an inspirational new £730,000 learning environment.

The school has had a major refurbishment to accommodate more pupils – with the addition of: a new nursery, two reception classrooms, offices plus hygiene and parent rooms.

Cheshire West and Chester Council contributed £500,000 of the total cost of the work after successfully bidding for £230,000 from central government.

Sue Tomlinson, headteacher at Willow Wood Primary School, said: “We are so lucky to have this amazing space to learn in, it’s a teacher’s dream. The children are so focused, engaged and busy, it’s brilliant to see.

“The outside space is fantastic too and I look forward to seeing the children exploring, playing and developing their skills in their new learning environment.

“Our community deserves the very best and this is what our governors and school community have had the vision to deliver for generations to come to enjoy.”

Mark Parkinson, the council’s director of education, said: “I’m delighted that we were able to secure funding to allow the expansion of Willow Wood Primary school.

“We welcome the development and I’m sure the children will feel comfortable and eager to learn in their new classrooms.

“This provision will offer improved opportunities for children and their families in the future and complements the excellent provision that already exists in the area.

Crossfield Construction carried out the work and formed a strong relationship with the school to keep everyone up to date with the building process.

The Crossfield team- including architect Steve Fitch and project manager Chris Pearson – attended parents meetings and events at the school and also hosted school assemblies to teach the children about health and safety.

The company demolished and remodelled existing classrooms during school holidays to avoid any impact on the normal school day.

The rest of the work was carried out during the school term in a separate part of the site. A viewing platform was also set up so that pupils could safely keep an eye on the building work at all times.

John Paul Cassidy, operations director at Crossfield Construction, said: “We are delighted to have handed over our works at Willow Wood Primary School.

“This has been a challenging project working in a live school environment, and our engagement with the pupils and staff has been important throughout.

“The new facilities provide vital new learning spaces and a nursery provision for young people in the surrounding Winsford area, and these new environments are something the whole community should be proud of.”

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