These Hull children have made a permanent mark on their new school

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 Sep 2017

Youngsters at a Kingswood primary have made a permanent mark on their school’s foundations.

Kingswood Parks Primary School pupils signed the steelworks to a major extension at the School Lane primary, which will see the school almost double in size.

Among the children with the highest attendance record who signed the steel was Year 5 pupil Theo Draper, 9, who said: “I’m excited for Year 6 because then it will be done, we’ll have three floors and there will be more children to make friends with.

“I’m really excited.”

Daniel Broadley makes his mark (Image: Simon Renilson)

The school can currently teach 315 children, and due to the demands in the area will grow to accommodate 630.

Helen Miller, headteacher, said: “This is a really exciting expansion of the school which is going to offer an enticing environment to work in.

“The children are excited because they like to see what’s going on and are looking forward to seeing how the school will look.

The school will double in size (Image: Simon Renilson)

“We spent a lot of time thinking about the design and how we can make it an environment that will suit the children’s learning.

“It’s great to see steel on site and we’ll soon be able to see the building rising up.”

Sewell Construction built the original school, which opened in 2014, and worked with partners Hull Esteem Consortium and Hull City Council to develop the design and construction programme for the school’s extension.

The children had the highest attendance rates (Image: Simon Renilson)

Foundations are being poured on site and the steel framework is about to be erected.

The project will also include creating new sports pitches, as well as external redecoration and landscaping and some remodelling of the existing school.

Dave Major, project manager at Sewell Construction, said: “As Kingswood is growing in size, the school needs extending to double the capacity.

The project will also include creating new sports pitches (Image: Simon Renilson)

“We are particularly mindful that staff and pupils are still on site throughout the whole scheme, so we have restricted delivery times to ensure they do not coincide with school drop-off, pick-up and lunch times to create minimal disruption.

“We’ve also put new walkways and tarmac around the site to make access easier for parents collecting children.

“The school is in keeping with the local area and it will be three-storey instead of the previous two-storey building once it is completed.

Sewell Construction worked with Hull Esteem Consortium and Hull City Council to develop the design(Image: Simon Renilson)

“Work is progressing well and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Hull City Council, Esteem, Sewell Facilities Management and the school on this project.”

Sewell Construction is building the extension on behalf of Hull City Council as part of £6 million funding secured from the Department for Education Need Capital Grant to be delivered through the Schools Capital Programme 2017/18.

Work will be completed by November 2018.

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