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Pupils at Dukinfield school to move into two new classrooms

Pupils at St John's CE Primary School in Dukinfield will move into two brand new classrooms when they return from the Christmas holidays for the new term in January.

The new extension at the Westmorland Avenue school includes two bright and modern classrooms, a linked corridor, disabled access and unisex toilet facilities.

Tameside Council say the £1.1 million improvement project, funded by the authority, will enable the school to increase the number of places in each year group from 30 to 45.

Councillors Leanne Feeley, Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, Skills & Employment, and Oliver Ryan, Executive Member for Finance and Economic Growth took the decision to deliver the scheme in September 2020. Work then started on site on 1 March 2021.

Previous phases of the project have seen extensions to the school's Early Years Department and internal alterations within the school to create additional classrooms.

Cllr Feeley, who attended the unveiling of the new extension, said: “The new school buildings are fantastic and this investment is a great example of our borough wide commitment to investing in education. 

“We’ve received great feedback from the staff and pupils at the school, who are absolutely delighted with the new buildings. It will not only increase the number of opportunities for children in Dukinfield but also provide a higher standard teaching environment that will allow pupils to thrive – meaning St John’s can continue to go from strength to strength." 

Head teacher Vicki Hewitt-Lee commented: “We are over the moon with our new facilities and we look forward to expanding our St John’s family in the new spaces. The build itself was overall a really positive experience. Building in the public sector has its practical challenges such as the noise and road closures that are inevitable.

"The surrounding community were extremely supportive throughout the whole process and understood that this is a future-proofing investment in the education of local children." 

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