A FIRST school opened its doors to members of the public to showcase a major extension.
Works have been carried out throughout this year to extend six classrooms at Westwood First School in Westwood Road, Leek.
The school hosted a special opening event, which was attended by Leek Town Mayor John Fisher and his wife Pat, on Friday, which included an assembly focusing on the works and what the school has looked like over the 75 years it has been open.
During the assembly headteacher Vicki Woollacott thanked everyone who had been involved in the extension project, from the school governors to builder Novus Property Solutions.
Councillor Fisher, whose three children had attended Westwood First School, congratulated everyone for a “successful project”.
He added: “I wish the headteacher, staff and all 280 children every enjoyment in the new extended classrooms.” After the special assembly, a ribbon- cutting ceremony was carried out by members of the school council at each doorway of the six extended classrooms.
This was then followed by the school’s annual autumn fair, which gave members of the public the chance to take a look around the new extension.
Novus Property Solutions also donated £100 to the autumn fair funds.
Westwood First School governor Maureen Wiskin told the Post & Times: “This project has also included new windows all across the front of the building.
“They had been in disrepair for a while but we wanted to carry out the extension and replacement of windows at the same time.
“The extension of the classrooms has come in response to Ofsted in relation to the square footage of the classrooms in ratio of the children in each class.
“This has been a long project. We took a blow because we thought we could carry out this project with the school’s capital allowance, but that has been cut across all schools.
“The county council has been marvellous.” Mrs Wiskin, who has been a governor at Westwood First for more than 30 years, added: “I have seen lots of changes at Westwood First School.
What is so incredible is that once you have completed one thing you then see something else that needs doing.” Pupil Liam O’Brien, aged seven, said: “I think it's great because we have got a lot more room in our classrooms now.” Seven-year-old Tabby Rushton said: “It was a bit noisy when the work was being done, but it’s been worth it. It feels like we have whole new classrooms.”
Mike Swindells, commercial manager at Novus Property Solutions added: “We have an excellent working relationship with Staffordshire County Council and the schools in its area that we provide responsive repairs, maintenance and refurbishments to. At Novus we pride ourselves on delivering an excellent service and we feel it is vitally important that we play our part in the communities we work in.
“The Novus team involved in this project are extremely proud of what they have helped achieve and we look forward to working in partnership with the school in any way we can in the future.”