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Take a look round Send C of E Primary School's new building

Send C of E Primary School

5:11pm 16th March 2017
(Updated 7:00pm 16th March 2017)

A day of celebration was had as Send Church of England Primary School officially opened its new building on Thursday (March 16).

It marks the beginning of the school's future with all pupils and staff sitting on one site. 

For half a decade the infant and senior parts of the school had sat on separately - having become federated under the guidance of one Headteacher and one Governing Body in 2012. 

Today dignitaries gathered for a new senior school building to officially open on the infant site. 

We joined the celebrations and took a tour of the new facilities...

Send C of E Primary School

It all began with songs from the choir:

Then Nicholas Skellett, Vice Chairman of Surrey County Council cut the ribbon alongside the eldest child in the school:

Send C of E Primary School

Then it was time for a tour of the building.

Bright open corridors in the school colours

Send C of E Primary School

Large classrooms with large windows and tables and chairs to match the school colours

Send C of E Primary School

The building sits over two floors with classrooms both downstairs and upstairs

Send C of E Primary School

There is also toilets for each year group and a new library

Send C of E Primary School

And the staff room has views onto the school field and a window onto the hall, where pupils eat lunch. 

Send C of E Primary School

A school sculpture was unveiled by The Mayor of Guildford councillor Gordon Jackson and The Mayor of Woking councillor Anne Murray during an assembly. 

Then the Bishop Andrew Watson unveiled a commemorative plaque and gave a blessing. 

Previously The infant School dated back to ​1958 while St. Bedes Church of England Junior school was opened in 1939.

Having come together in 2012, it was in January 2015 when the new Executive Headteacher, Mrs Susan Sayers and new Chair of Governors, Mr Martin Digby, set out to create a new Primary School with a new team.

In summer 2016, the schools received "Good" Ofsted ratings - but the work was not done. 

With funding from EFA through the Priority Schools Building Programme a new senior school building was added to the infant site. 

Send C of E Primary School

Executive headteacher Sue Sayers said since moving into the new build in January 2017, the school is finally able to operate as a whole community: enjoying lessons, themed weeks, collective workshop and sports opportunities together which is exactly what the parents, pupils and community asked for.

She told Eagle Radio the pupil's love the new site: "They had a say in some of the choices we made - they particularly love their own toilets.

"They have really embraced the new space, they love being on one site - that was what they wanted, one uniform on one site so they could be with their brothers and sisters.

"The main thing is we are a very cohesive team who are professional and enjoy being with one another and being on one site has actually facilitated the teaching of these children."

Parents have also had guided tours.

LISTEN: Hear why pupils love their new school - and what is the Headteacher's favourite part of the new build

Sue tells us her favourite part of the new build is the hall: "It is the first time we have been able to have whole school assemblies all together. It is such a wonderful space.

"We also have lunches together and it really is a community event. The year 6 and 5 children are helping the younger children."

"I am so very proud of everyone who has worked so hard to reach this stage.

"We are not complacent - we have plans for great things to come.

"Our children's time with us is short, precious and can't be repeated: we need to make it a memorable and exciting learning opportunity for them.

"We are very grateful for all the support we've received and the new building is an amazing gift - we love it."

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