Youngsters at a village primary are enjoying the extra space following a big expansion.
After years of being in confined spaces, the children at Easington Village CE Primary School are enjoying a new lease of life in their new-look building.
It looks like a brand new schoolAndrea Swift
Over the years the Hall Walks school’s building had become too small to house the growing number of children wanting places.
And, with more housing being built in the village the situation was only going to get worse. Now, the school can take up to 140 pupils, which is an increase of between 17 and 20 children.
Andrew Swift, headteacher at the primary said, the £500,000 extension has massively increased the size of the premises, creating much better facilities for staff and students. She said everyone is delighted with the work, which was paid for by Durham County Council.
Ms Swift said: “It has massively changed what we can offer the children. They all have their own lockers now and all the classrooms are carpeted.
The extension has added a much needed extra classroom to the building, has doubled the size of the hall, opened up the entrance area and also created a new office.
The headteacher said: “People who have been coming into the school can’t believe the change, they say it looks like a brand new school.
“We can now get all the children in the hall together and it means we can invite the community in for events.”
Ms Swift went on to say that the children are all really proud of their new building and are keen to show if off.
She said: “The Year 6 children have been showing guests around the school, they are so pleased with it.”