New building for Rotherhithe’s Albion Primary School officially unveiled

Josh Salisbury (14 February, 2019) Education

The new building's design has been highly commended in the Building Excellence Awards

27930Front: Headteacher Karl Bardouille with Cllr Jasmine Ali. Second row:, Neil Coyle MP, with ward Cllr Kath Whittam

A Rotherhithe primary’s new school building was officially unveiled on Tuesday morning by staff, councillors and Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP Neil Coyle.

Albion Primary School, on Albion Street, will now be able to accommodate 420 pupils after its buildings were completely rebuilt and modernised.

Classroom spaces have been expanded during the refurb to allow for a dedicated reading nook and more natural light.

An extra storey was also added onto the building dedicated to Key Stage Two learning.

Among other new additions to the school are a roof terrace with an artificial grass playing pitch, a studio for music, drama and dance, and double-height gym that can be used for sports and assemblies.

“We wanted to ensure that the new school would give the children bigger classrooms, a more accessible building and more common areas that would ensure the best opportunities to deliver our creative curriculum,” said headteacher Karl Bardouille.

“We are all delighted with the extra teaching and learning space that will help us live up to our motto ‘Learn to do well’.”

Southwark Council investment helped to build the new facilities and the school worked closely with the local authority and architects on the design.

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Cllr Jasmine Ali, the cabinet member with responsibility for schools said the building was an example of one of the real stand-out successes of Southwark Council’s investments into local schools.”

The design was ‘Highly Commended’ in the Building Excellence awards run by the Local Authority Building Control.

Cllr Ali added: “Alongside the quality of the school, which has been recognised by industry bodies, there are now more, much needed primary school places.

“Thanks to the expansion of the school, I am pleased to say that Albion will now be able to welcome 210 more pupils through its gates.”

Outdoor spaces have also been revamped, with ground floor classrooms leading out onto a central courtyard and first-floor rooms leading out onto an outdoor teaching area.

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