Capital build projects
In preparation for the return of thousands of Army personnel, SPA is ensuring that its schools have capacity and are fit for purpose to accommodate the hundreds of extra school places required for the future. Below are details of our current building plans..
Avon Valley College
Avon Valley College is situated in an enviable position, surrounded by trees and green fields and with superb views from almost every room.
The original school buildings date from the 1960s and we are fortunate enough to have a master plan for the phased replacement of them all. In spring 2018, Phase 1 will commence and will see an aspirational build of a 9 classroom block in place by April 2019. It is likely that the block will house Art, music, ICT and general teaching rooms plus study areas, breakout spaces and other resource bases although final decisions as to the allocation of spaces will be made near the end of this year. There is sufficient room on the Avon Valley College site to ensure that we will be able to build Phase 1 and Phase 2 before demolition of any of the old buildings has to take place. Regular news bulletins about the building progress will be posted on the website.
Bulford St Leonard's
Pupils and staff have already celebrated the opening of a new £1.5m school building in Bulford as the village makes preparations for the Army rebasing.
Devizes MP Claire Perry declared the building at Bulford St Leonards officially open and cut the ribbon.
It has been built in readiness for the Army’s rebasing of three regiments and their families from Germany to the Salisbury Plain - with the arrival of 5 Rifles this summer and further regiments following over the next three years.
The school currently has around 245 children aged four to 11, and the new building will allow it to expand to offer a total of 315 places.
Headteacher Sarah Ward said: “Pupil numbers in the Salisbury Plain area are set to rise dramatically, this fabulous new building means not only do we have outstanding new facilities, we also have space to grow gradually, and get used to how the school works for us all, as we expand over the next three years.”
Pupils have had their first look at where the new St Michael’s primary school will be built when they visited the proposed new site at Larkhill.
The Figheldean school’s pupils had studied the plans for the new 420-place school, including a nursery and enjoyed a fun and clear explanation as to what the school will look like from Academy Board member, Mark Budd who is also a serving soldier in The King’s Royal Hussars.
WO Budd explained how the sloping site would be used to create an exciting series of terraces that would house a ‘lookout’, pond, fire-pit, story circle, football pitch and two very different playgrounds.
The new St Michael’s C of E Primary School relocation was recommended for approval in April and will be built on MOD land in readiness for the Army’s rebasing of three regiments from Germany to the Salisbury Plain in 2019.