Timber building is foundation for school expansion

Scotts of Thrapston’s

The recent headlines from the School Places Challenge means there is an ever increasing demand for new, modern classroom spaces.

With many schools facing this building challenge, Scotts Education Buildings offer a tailor made solution to create architecturally designed educational spaces.

Thanks to rising roll numbers one such school to benefit from the Scott’s service was Sutton Benger C of E Aided Primary School near Chippenham.

Staff at the 162-pupil school knew they needed a more permanent solution, but were constrained by the design of the school building which left them with nowhere obvious to extend.

Traci Langford, finance officer at the school, said: “The school building, while fairly modern, doesn’t lend itself to an extension. Equally, we wanted to provide a permanent building, so a mobile classroom was not an option. The Scotts building provided the answer.”

Work began before the end of the summer term and the classroom was ready for the Year Six class to move in to when they started in September.

Traci added: “The builders were very good. A great deal of the work was done off-site, which does make the construction easier in a school environment, but there was a secure compound and the children were able to see the building progressing without being in any danger.”

As well as a bright teaching area the new building has a cloakroom and two toilets including one with access for the disabled.

Zoe Dolan, Scotts of Thrapston’s education buildings sales manager, explains how the company perfectly combines traditional craftsmanship with the latest technology. She said: “Ultimately our education buildings are designed to make the best use of the space available and to provide optimum energy efficiency. 

“We believe that the ideal learning environment begins with a building that inspires and motivates by its architectural form. To achieve their full potential, pupils need to feel comfortable in their environment. The feedback we have had from the pupils and the teachers who have used the new classroom is that they all enjoy their new environment.

“Scotts’ education buildings can be tailored to suit the setting and are designed to meet the end user’s specification. We can also cater for any special needs requirements, accessibility issues or existing structures that need to be taken into consideration.”

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