St George's Junior School heralds start of new era

This Is Local London: New build: St George's Junior School is changing New build: St George's Junior School is changing

Pupils at St George’s Junior School will benefit from new, modern classrooms next year as part of a two-year refurbishment project.

Preparations have commenced ahead of building works, which are due to start in July, with 18 unprotected trees removed and recycled for use by students at the school.

Once works are completed, the Weybridge school will replace the uprooted trees on a three-to-one basis, giving more greenery to the school grounds.

During the Christmas break, the second floor of the main building was stripped to be used temporarily by the music department from September 2014 until it moves into a permanent location in January 2016.

The new building, which will be used by reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils, will be environmentally friendly with low-energy lighting and extra insulation, and two of the roofs will be pitched to blend in with the natural surroundings.

The refurbishment, which will provide for existing students rather than for a school expansion, will also see pupils benefit from a dedicated IT suite, new assembly room and outdoor learning areas.

Antony Hudson, headmaster of St George’s Junior School, said: “The new build has been in the pipeline for many years and will provide a wonderful and stimulating learning environment for generations of junior school children to come.”

Three out-of-date buildings will be demolished starting at Easter and works will take place in the upper playground and clock tower area from July.

The new building is scheduled to open in September 2015 and the nursery building will also be refurbished and modernised, with a completion date of January 2016.

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