A Victorian primary school has had a complete makeover with new buildings as part of an £8million revamp.
Staff and children at Grange Primary School have celebrated the opening of a new building featuring a school hall, kitchen, nursery, library and office space.
The existing school building has also been completely renovated with learning satellite class-rooms and a designated early years playground.
The work has come as part of the council’s school expansion programme to create 3,000 additional school places across Southwark.
As of September 2018, Grange Primary School will have the space to welcome 60 children into its reception class.
Thanks to this expansion, the school has increased its capacity to now accommodate two classes in every teaching year.
Commenting on the completion of the buildings, co-headteacher Maddy Webb said: “I know I speak for the whole Grange community when I say that we are all thrilled with the work that has been done on the school and we wish to thank everyone involved for their commitment to improving opportunities for Southwark children.”
Diana Valcheva, also co-headteacher, added: “We are all thrilled that our children will be able to enjoy the exciting and stimulating learning environment they deserve.”
Councillor Victoria Mills, Southwark Council’s cabinet member for children and education, commented: “It is great to see another one of the schools that we have invested in as part of our expansion pro-gramme welcome children back into their renovated classrooms.
“It has been fantastic to hear from parents, teachers and the children themselves about how the improvements to the school have had such a positive impact on school life already.”