West Camel Road closure next week ???

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Somerset Highways Department published a notice  on 14 April that they are aiming to start the work outside the new school on West Camel Road, including putting in a crossing point, on Monday 18 April , however a sign has also appeared outside the school that says the 3rd May.  So your guess is as good as ours as to when the work will actually start but it is imminent , see phone number below if you need to know. Continue reading

Momentous Day

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After 44 weeks today the new Countess Gytha Primary School and Nursery was handed over to Somerset County Council by the builder’s bam and the project management team from Futures for Somerset. In a few weeks’ time the staff and children will move in and a new educational adventure will begin.  It has been an amazing achievement by all concerned and done in such a can do spirit. The relationship between bam and the school has been really constructive not only in all the bricks and mortar but also in the way they helped us focus during the build on the educational opportunities for the children. Continue reading

Amazing Kitchen

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This week has also seen the fitting of the commercial kitchen. A specialist team has fitted out the sinks, fridges, cookers, store rooms and work tables it all looks amazing, we are so lucky. Plans are now being put in place to organise delivering of onsite prepared meals from September. Continue reading

Security and electric training

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As we fast approach the handover of the school on Friday 8th April the last two days have involved training on the systems that make the school work.  Visits all-round the school meters here, fuse box there and then the pristine boiler house full of clever devices to make the school run efficiently. A main part of the training was looking at the safety systems including the sprinkler and fire alarm, security lighting, camera and alarm systems. The school has self-opening front doors for ease of access and lots of energy saving devices like lights that dim depending on the amount of sunlight coming into the room and turn themselves off if there is no activity in the room. We also have a hearing loop fitted round the hall and will have the same in the two entrances. Continue reading

Lamps, trees and security

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A wander round the outside of the school brings encounters with new trees in the Forest School area, paths and lamps around the car park and security systems to access the building.  At the far end of the drop off zone the base for the extra parking is being prepared. The last picture from the steps of the protacabins shows the preparations at the front of the school. Continue reading

Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset visit

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Mrs Annie Maw the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset was accompanied by Mr David Medlock the Vice Lord-Lieutenant on her visit to the school recently.  They were shown round by bam managers, the headteacher and governors. The visit was organised by Mrs Rachel Scully on behalf of the governors and school to see if Mrs Maw could help us with who might formally open the school in the autumn. As we are now close to the end of the build Mrs Maw and Mr Medlock were able to see all that the new school would have to offer to the children and families of the community the school serves. They were both really interested in the design, the inclusive facilities and excited for the future of Countess Gytha Primary. If you want to read more about the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset click this link: http://somersetlieutenancy.com/

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