Celebrations at revamped school

Published on 08 February 2016

A CITY primary will be celebrating a major revamp this week, which sees places at the school more than double.

St Mary's Fields Primary School has been converted from an infants, to an all-through primary, as part of Leicester City Council's bid to increase primary school places across the city.
The infant school, based in the Braunstone Park and Rowley Fields area of the city, used to provide places for 180 pupils. The all-though primary school will accommodate 450 children.

The works cost £4.2m and comprised of a new junior block with eight classrooms, a new hall, kitchen and refurbishment of several rooms in the existing school.

Assistant City Mayor for children, young people and schools, Cllr Sarah Russell, will help celebrate the successful completion of the building work from 10am on Wednesday (Feb 10).

Cllr Russell said: "With an expected increase in pupil numbers over the coming years, the council is committed to enhancing the quality of education for Leicester children and ensuring schools can meet the city's needs.

"This new facility will offer a wonderful opportunity for even more children to benefit from the high quality of teaching at St Mary's."

Head teacher at the school, Carol Browne, said staff, parents, governors and pupils are really impressed with the new facilities across the school.

She added: "The improvements to the school will bring endless benefits to our pupils. Most importantly, children won't have to transfer at the age of seven and will instead be nurtured right up until they are ready to go to secondary school.

"We have also been able to recruit more high quality staff to ensure that children leave St Mary's as confident, respectful and self-motivated young people."