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Thurston Partnership Update
2nd June 2014
Work proceeding well on £1m upgrade of Thurston campus
We are delighted that work has progressed so well on the upgrade of the facilities ready to accommodate our new pupils in September. The dining hall extension is complete and the new floor, ceiling and freshly painted walls have transformed the space.
The canopy over the courtyard has given us a light and airy place for students to eat outside. We will be adding some planters and additional furniture to complete the courtyard over the next few weeks.
The final stage of our dining room developments will be to move the library and fit out the space created as a dining room specifically for year 7 and 8 pupils. We will start this work when the examination season has ended. Finally, during the summer holiday, our new catering contractor, ABM, will install new serveries and decoration.
The practical rooms - a science lab, DT workshop and catering room - that we have installed are almost complete and will be ready for occupation when final snagging has been done. Our music practice room block has had acoustic partitions installed and will also soon be ready for use.
In the final weeks of term, we will start work on moving departments to their new locations ready for September. Our fifth House area will be in the block currently used for our Sixth Form. Wolsey House, as it has been named, will be our new humanities centre and at its centre will be our Academic Research Centre incorporating the main library. Work will continue to complete this move in the last few weeks of term.
Final primary school development completed
Most of the Thurston Partnership primary schools completed all their building work needed to accommodate their Year 5 and Year 6 pupils last summer. But Rougham CEVC Primary School has continued to be a building site because of particular difficulties in planning for its new hall. The school was thrilled to finally take possession of its new building in early March. It is a fantastic addition to the school and well worth the wait. All Thurston Partnership schools are very grateful for the support they have received from the local authority in seeing through their developments.
All the schools are looking forward to teaching their first year 6 groups in September and have detailed plans to challenge and excite these pupils in their final year of primary education. Work is already in hand with Thurston Community College to plan a smooth transition for all pupils to secondary school.