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New 'inspiring learning environment' at Newbury's Speenhamland School

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The first phase of a new building project at Speenhamland School in Newbury is now complete.

The Pelican Building has been transformed into an “inspiring learning environment” for early years children.

The £250k project was funded by West Berkshire Council and has provided two new classrooms, a designated outdoor learning zone, plus accessible toilets and hoists for children with physical disabilities.

Dominic Boeck cuts the ribbon with help from headteacher Julie Lewry and pupils.
Dominic Boeck cuts the ribbon with help from headteacher Julie Lewry and pupils.

Now the new space is complete, the council said it will be able to expand the Keevill Unit, an existing teaching space for children with physical difficulties.

The council’s executive member for children, young people and education Dominic Boeck (Con, Aldermaston) said: “We are delighted with the transformation at the school.

“Now the Pelican Building is up and running, the children can have their lessons there while we refurbish the Keevill Unit.

Speenhamland Primary School (53273396)
Speenhamland Primary School (53273396)

“Once that work is completed, there will be ample room for all children to learn and access whatever equipment they need.”

Speenhamland School’s headteacher Julie Lewry said: “The Pelican Building is a fabulous learning environment for our Early Years children.

“We’re excited that work can now start on phase two, the redevelopment of our Keevill Unit to increase the space we desperately need to ensure the children in our physically disabled resource have the very best learning environment.”

The exciting news also prompted a celebratory video message from CBeebies Mr Tumble.

Speenhamland Primary School (53273398)
Speenhamland Primary School (53273398)

Mr Tumble said: “Hello there! This is a very special message for all the staff and children at Speenhamland School.

“It’s me, Mr Tumble. I hear that you have a brand new building at the school – woo hoo! I hope you have many happy times in it, and I’m sending you all my very best wishes. Bye bye everyone!”

Watch the video at https://youtu.be/fDgvJ0_L-eI

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