18th Dec 2013

Burton pupils help top out their new school building

Pupils at St Modwen’s Catholic Primary School, Burton-on-Trent, joined construction company Seddon and representatives from Staffordshire County Council at a ‘topping out’ event to mark a key stage in the construction of their brand-new school building.

Pupil Magda Machczynska helped position a final brick to celebrate the completion of the brickwork.

The topping-out event included a tour of the new building allowing head teacher Amanda Newbold and a group of St Modwen’s pupils the opportunity to view the latest progress.

The construction of the school’s new home in Tutbury Road is on schedule and is set to be completed in April 2014.  The state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building will enable the school to relocate from its current premises in Belvoir Road and welcome more pupils. The new school will eventually provide places for up to 420 children.

Staffordshire county councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills, says:  "The construction phase has reached an important milestone, and pupils from St Modwen’s school can now see their brand new school finally taking shape.  The building of a new school is part of a programme of works to increase primary school capacity in Burton.  We have risen to the substantial challenge of creating more primary school places in the area, and will continue to provide high-quality educational facilities for children in the county to benefit from over the next few years.”

Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon says: "The site team greatly enjoyed showing councillors and pupils round their new building. The new school has reached an important stage in its construction and we’re delighted to be embarking on the final phase of the project to create these modern educational facilities for pupils in Burton-on-Trent.”

Photo: Left to right, St Modwen’s head teacher Amanda Newbold, pupil Magda Machczynska and Seddon managing director Jonathan Seddon at the topping out.

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