Oundle CE Primary School Update
A new chapter for Oundle Church of England Primary School
The new-look primary school in Oundle has opened its doors at Cotterstock Road in September to welcome pupils to a completely re-furbished building.
The school family has come together as one following the closure of its Milton Road site in July. This means that children aged between 4 and 11 - Reception to Year 6s - are based in one building that was once the home of the town’s middle school.
The refurbishment project which has been carried out by construction company Jeakins Weir, in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council, has been going on since 2015 and has involved a considerable amount of work in order to accommodate the increased number of pupils.
“Our building partners have done a fantastic job and have completed their work exactly on time”, said headteacher Mrs Janet McMurdo. “We are thrilled with our new-look building which is a state-of-the-art environment for our wonderful young people” she added.
Bespoke learning areas for the seven year groups have been created which include specialised spaces for cookery, design technology, IT and sport. Teams of builders have been involved in a wide range of work including re-roofing, internal re-organisation of classrooms and ‘break-out’ learning areas as well as the creation of outdoor facilities.
Mrs McMurdo said: “It has been a massive project and we are so grateful to everyone associated with Oundle Primary for their patience and good humour as the work has been carried out. There has been loud drilling and hammering from time to time and we’ve all learned to smile our way through it!”
She continued: “I am sure that everyone will appreciate our school’s modern surroundings and the feeling of extra space in and around the buildings. Teaching and learning in this type of environment is a privilege and we have felt especially proud to open our doors to the children this autumn.