Pupils visit new school site

Pupils 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.

Warrant Officer 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.

Pupil numbers in the Salisbury Plain area are set to rise dramatically, and St Michael’s headteacher, John Croker said; “This is very exciting for our children, these plans are about making sure that we are able to offer outstanding learning and teaching and wider opportunities to our children and their families, and for the future.”

The Salisbury Plain area needs to provide 1200 extra school places for 2019; it is anticipated that 800 of these additional places will be for primary school aged children. Officers at Wiltshire County Council have described this as the largest rebasing of military personnel since the 2nd World War.

It is hoped the new school will be completed for September 2018.