Bournemouth school bricklaying event recognises local friends



Pupils, parents and staff from Winton Primary School in Bournemouth and members of Bournemouth Borough Council celebrated the school’s longstanding ties with the town last week (24 April) with a special bricklaying event which has raised £500 for school improvements. The money was raised through the school’s Buy-a-Brick campaign which has been inviting friends of Winton Primary to sponsor a brick in the school’s new £1.7 million building extension due for completion in September.

Young bricklaying apprentice Tadek Barnes from local contractor Stepnell, which is building the new single-storey teaching facility, was on hand to help local members of the community lay their specially engraved bricks into the building’s special commemorative wall.

Poole-based Stepnell is working with Bournemouth Borough Council and Winton School to deliver the much-needed teaching and classroom facilities that will expand the 630-pupil school from a three-form into a four-form entry primary school which will accommodate up to 840 children.

Among the sponsors laying bricks at the event was a former head teacher, a former pupil who attended Winton School during the 1940s and several local families who have had five generations of children educated there.

The new 800m2 extension which has just had its roof completed, will provide a small hall, drama studio, music room, four classrooms, an office and supporting accommodation including WC facilities. The school’s car park and drop-off facilities are also being improved.

“It’s wonderful to be involved in a project that is generating so much excitement and unity amongst the local community,” said Trevor Middleton, Stepnell contracts manager. “Winton Primary School clearly holds a special place in the hearts of many people in the area and we look forward to continuing to work together with the school staff and Bournemouth Borough Council to complete this much anticipated extension which will provide school facilities to be enjoyed by local children for many years to come.”

Winton Primary School head teacher Neil Tarchetti said: “As a community school, developing better links with our wider community is vital to us. This project is as much about community relations as fund raising for the school and it was a pleasure to welcome so many guests with longstanding associations and an interest in our school and its pupils.”
Neil Goddard, service director for community learning and commissioning, said: “It’s fantastic to see the local community coming together to celebrate the work taking place to expand and enhance Winton Primary School. The expansion works form part of the Council’s plans to increase the number of primary school places in Bournemouth in order to help meet the continuing demand. We are pleased to see that the works are well under way and on track for completion in time for the start of the autumn term.”

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