THE environment of a primary school will soon match the quality of education it provides.
Roydon Primary Academy, in Roydon, is undergoing a programme of physical transformation which is set to be completed over the summer with the addition of two new classrooms.
Last year, a graffiti artist breathed new life into the early years garden with a scene incorporating the four seasons and children’s favourite, the Gruffalo, onto a once brown, flaky wall.
An old pond and allotment were also restored and colourful outdoor displays added.
The ongoing project was boosted recently with the unveiling of an adventure trail, paid for thanks to a £5,000 fundraising mission by FORSA (Friends of Roydon School Association).
Over the summer break, two temporary classrooms – in use since the 1980s – will be demolished and two new classrooms built, as well as the addition of cost-effective LED lighting and security gates around the school.
Michael Clark, head of school, said: “This work will make a huge difference to the school. It is such a beautiful school that just needs a bit of love.
“When we had the Gruffalo wall painted, we kept it as a surprise. The day the children and parents walked in and saw it for the first time, it brought tears to the eyes.
“This additional work will lift everyone’s spirits and then the environment will match what goes on in the classrooms.”
The removal of the temporary classrooms will provide the school with a larger play area.
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