Budget approved for Marlbrook Primary School expansion

Plans to expand Marlbrook Primary School at Green Croft, have taken a big step forward as the council approved the capital funding to enable the project to move from the design stage to construction.

Cabinet approved just over £6 million investment to provide new facilities at the school site.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted, the popular school has seen a significant increase in pupil intake over the past few years resulting in the need to expand and improve the existing facilities. The school is also a teaching school and offers support and training to other schools regionally.

The investment programme will see 6 new state of the art classrooms, a new hall, a special hygiene and physio room to make the school fully accessible to all learners.  The project will also include new netball courts and improvement works to the car parking area.

Completion of the new buildings will mean that the school can remove the current temporary classrooms from the site and pupils will be taught in permanent purpose built modern facilities.

Contractors will start work at the school after Christmas with the aim of opening the new facilities to the pupils and teaching staff by spring 2021.

Chris Baird, Herefordshire Council’s Director of Children and Families, said:

“Our priority is to give Herefordshire children and young people a great start in life and we believe that we can build strong foundations for this by providing every child with a solid education in modern purpose built facilities, in line with our capital investment strategy.

“This latest announcement for Marlbrook is a continuation of a schools improvements programme that has gathered speed throughout the summer and has included maintenance projects at 13 schools and £1.32m of investment, with many more improvement projects planned for next year.

“We look forward to the new facilities opening in early 2021 for pupils and teaching staff to use and enjoy.”