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New South Molton primary school set to open next month

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 March 2017

The new primary school in South Molton is set to open on April 24. Picture: Contributed

The new primary school in South Molton is set to open on April 24. Picture: Contributed

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Pupils to move into new classrooms after the Easter holidays

Primary school pupils in South Molton will be heading back to a new school after a three-week Easter break.

The brand-new South Molton United C of E Primary School and nursery at Exeter Gate is nearing completion, with children set to move across from the old North Street junior school on Monday, April 24.

Headteacher Kevin O’Donnell said: “The new school is well on the way, with just the floors and some painting left to do.

“We’ll be moving across over the Easter holidays, which start on March 31.

The new primary school in South Molton is set to open on April 24. Picture: Matt Smart The new primary school in South Molton is set to open on April 24. Picture: Matt Smart

“All the children have been over to see the new school during the construction period and they are really excited, especially by the new outdoor spaces.”

Work on the new school started in May last year. It has eight classrooms, a large hall and various other rooms for smaller groups.

Outside, the extensive grounds will be used for sports, play, forest schools, vegetable and flower growing, as well as environmental areas to support the curriculum.

The school, which currently has 157 pupils registered, will initially accommodate 210 reception to year 6 pupils but will eventually expand to 420 places to cope with the extra housing planned for the town.

Pupils and teachers helped cut the turf as construction of the new junior school in South Molton got under way last May. Picture: Submitted Pupils and teachers helped cut the turf as construction of the new junior school in South Molton got under way last May. Picture: Submitted

“The school is growing at the moment,” said Mr O’Donnell.

“We took in our first reception children in September and these will go on to become the school’s first year 1 and year 2 pupils.”

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