Ambitious project planned for primary school in Southam

A primary school in Southam is among those included in Warwickshire County Council’s latest capital programme where money is allocated for vital building projects.

An ambitious project is planned at Southam St James Primary, in Toll Gate Road, where £80,000 has been earmarked for a classroom extension and to increase the number of toilets.
An ambitious project is planned at Southam St James Primary, in Toll Gate Road, where £80,000 has been earmarked for a classroom extension and to increase the number of toilets.

A total spend of £9.504m was approved by cabinet members when they met this week with more than 95 per cent of it coming from DfE grants.

An ambitious project is planned at Southam St James Primary, in Toll Gate Road, where £80,000 has been earmarked for a classroom extension and to increase the number of toilets.

The report explained: “Southam St James is undertaking a project on their reception classroom to increase the number of toilets, re-organise large features of the room to improve sightlines and floor space, replace some walls, doors and windows with folding doors to allow easier access to outdoor space, and extend the classroom. The school is requesting funding for the classroom extension and to ensure the other works are of a high and sustainable quality.”

It added that children in reception currently had just one toilet between them and that their classroom was smaller than that recommended by government guidance.

The report added: “The works will lead to improved health and safety, increased sufficiency and suitability for all children as sight lines will be improved around the classroom. Free flow access to outside areas will be enabled, and floor space and the number of toilets will also be increased.”

The school will pay £50,000 towards the costs with the remaining £30,000 coming from developer funding that has been collected for providing, extending, improving or altering facilities for primary education in the area.