Major renovations at Cooks Spinney for summer

Major building work will transform a Harlow primary school over the summer.
With the first phase of redevelopment completed at Cooks Spinney Primary School, in Cooks Spinney, earlier this year, more extensive work is now due to start over the six-week holiday.

The new-look school will also welcome children back in September with a brand new name to represent the fresh start – Cooks Spinney Primary Academy.

Stuart Pope, head of school, said: “This is all part of our three-year programme to provide our children with an environment which is fit for the 21st century. The school building has not been touched since it opened in 1954. When you enter the school site, we want visitors to look at something that says we are amazing; we want the building to be as amazing as our children. It’s the improvement which has been missing for so long.

“This building work will provide us with three new classrooms to suit today’s needs. It’s part of our commitment to making the whole site engaging and purposeful.”

Over the Easter break, new flooring was laid in five classrooms and uninspiring magnolia corridors painted a palette of bright colours.

Now, builders are set to move in to create more space within the school to enable class sizes to be reduced, to provide outside space for Year 6 classes, to connect nursery and reception classes together to ease transition and to join the two halves of the site together with a permanent walkway to replace the existing open air path.

A new staff room will also be created and the head’s office expanded.

Building work, funded by £627,894 Condition Improvement Fund from the Education Funding Agency, is due to be completed before the October half-term break and is not expected to affect the day to

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