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The Big Move
It’s all starting to move at a pace now! Willmott Dixon moved in to the East wing (what will be our Foundation Stage and Year 1) at the start of November and have gutted each room, leaving the shell to now reconfigure in to the 6 new classrooms. The grey corridor carpet has been skipped and banks of lockers have been removed (ready to be placed upstairs for our Year 6 children) and the new partition walls are starting to go up.
They hope the East wing that they are working on already, will be available for us to start moving some of the MANY boxes across from the start of February!
Our 12 new interactive TVs have arrived ready for the new classrooms. We now have designs for our new library spaces and new outdoor play spaces and for the brand new food room!
Wilmott Dixon and the Local Authority are confident that the building will be refurbished and ready to be handed over to us on the Friday of half term (February 18th 2022).
We are granted by the Local Authority for 5 additional days to close early/open later around the February half term to ensure the move across to our new school.
These 5 days are in addition to the already agreed INSET day that was planned for February 21st. On agreement from the Governors, we have decided on the following:
The current St Botolph’s building will close to pupils at the end of WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY.
We will then officially open the new St Botolph’s on FRIDAY 25TH FEBRUARY.
The children will therefore not be in school from Thursday 10th February – Thursday 24th February.
On Friday 25th February, we plan to have a ‘soft’ opening:
This will involve inviting year groups/key stages to arrive at a set time, with their parents/carers, for a full tour of the school, to visit their new classroom, see where to line up/enter etc and get a ‘feel’ for our new home – we also plan to have fun things happening around the whole school so you get the full experience! Further details re timings etc will be sent nearer the time but to support a smooth transition, this is a really important date for all children and at least one parent/carer needs to be available.
We will then return to a full, ‘normal’ week from Monday 28th February.
I hope with this much notice you are able to arrange the necessary cover for the additional time the children will be off school but I am sure you can appreciate the mammoth task we have ahead of us in moving a whole school in 5 days!
As the build/renovations develop, I will continue to keep you as updated as possible. Post-Christmas the Iveshead students will have totally vacated the building so we hope to then start to gain more access and share some before/after photos!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions