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Primary unveils a new-look building

Posted onPosted on 30th Apr

Pupils played a part in the opening of a new extension at Samuel Barlow Primary Academy, Clipstone.

The transformation of the building has been part of four-year phased investment project worth just under £3m.

Principal Sarah Kahler said: “With this expansion, we’re not just adding new space, we’re creating dynamic environments that inspire learning and foster a sense of community.”

Executive principal Gareth Letton added: “The transformational impact of these renovations cannot be overstated. Not only have we increased our capacity to accommodate more children, but we’ve also created a more inclusive and accessible environment for all members of our academy community.”

Funding came from £1.3m of Section 106 funding via Nottinghamshire County Council, as well as significant investment from the Diverse Academies Trust, of which Samuel Barlow is a part.

The project, undertaken in two phases, began with the purchase of the old schoolhouse, relocation of the nursery/early years facility to the front of the building, improvement of teaching and resource areas, and upgrades to classrooms and essential facilities throughout the academy.

Phase two focused on the construction of a multi-purpose hall, kitchen, upgrading car parking facilities, creating a ramped pedestrian access to the front of the building, and updating the main entrance.

The project was developed by GNA Surveyors and CBP Architects with Bailey Construction (Derby) Ltd also involved in the second phase.

Pictured back, from left to right, are principal Sarah Kahler; Peter McConnochie, service director (Education and Inclusion), Nottinghamshire County Council; district and county councillor Scott Carlton; Coun Sam Smith, cabinet member for Education and SEND at the county council; David Cotton, chief executive of Diverse Academies Trust; Coun Nigel Moxon, deputy cabinet member for Education and SEND; and Gareth Letton, executive principal, Diverse Academies Trust. Front are pupils Ashton Williams and Harriet Soukenka.