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School expansion gets a warm welcome

A £1.5 million project to extend and remodel a Cheshire primary school to allow for an increase in pupil numbers has been completed as the new school term gets underway.

Tarporley Church of England School, in Park Road, now features four new classrooms, a larger hall, new entrance, multi use games area and playground. The new accommodation means the popular school, which is currently over subscribed, can offer an additional 105 places, increasing the roll to 315 pupils.

Year 3 pupils described their new classroom as “impressive”, “awesome”, and “amazing” when they received a first look at their new base. The nine-month build was carried out by Shropshire building contractor Pave Aways and completed on time and on budget. 

Pave Aways managing director Steven Owen said: “Our vast experience in the education sector has enabled us to work closely with the governors and the school to translate their vision into reality with as little disruption as possible for day-to-day school life.

“It has been a very exciting build to work on and great to see the children’s reactions as their new-look school took shape. This has been a flagship project for us as we are doing an increasing amount of work in the education sector and in Cheshire as a whole.”

Gill Tyler, chair of the school’s governing body, said: “This has been a significant development for our school and we are delighted with the end result. The school now has excellent facilities and is future proofed to allow for an increased number of pupils

“Children have watched progress with interest and it has been a learning process for them as well with Pave Aways giving assemblies on health and safety and construction.”

Tarporley is the latest in a string of contracts in the sector for Pave Aways, which completed education projects worth more than £15m in the last financial year.

Pictured:  Pave Aways construction director Jamie Evans, head teacher Kerry Forrester and pupils Sam Stockton and Ella Jones outside the newly extended Tarporley School

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