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Reigate Park Primary School uses insulated timber for energy efficiency

Derby school reopens in hi-tech timber building

Reigate Park Primary School rebuilt through Priority School Building Programme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | October 06, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

A Derby primary school has received a high-tech new building through the government’s rebuilding programme.

Reigate Park Primary School is the first of six schools to reopen in Derby through the £4.4 billion priority school building programme (PSBP), which is transforming some of the most run-down schools in the country. 

The school’s old buildings have been replaced with a two-storey building of insulated timber with modern heating, lighting and ventilation systems to ensure excellent energy efficiency.

Infants and juniors will all be taught under one roof, rather than in two separate buildings as previously. The new building also includes a dedicated, modern unit for deaf children. 

Peter Hallsworth, Headteacher of Reigate Park Primary School, said: “The governors, pupils, parents and staff are extremely grateful for the fantastic new learning environment that we are now fortunate to have. We are sure that this new environment will support our children in their learning and our teachers in their teaching. 

“We would like to thank the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Bowmer and Kirkland for providing us with this new school.”

John Kirkland, Chairman of Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, said: “This is a great day for the pupils and staff of Reigate Park Primary and for the wider community of Derby. This is the first of 6 city schools which we are constructing for the EFA and this investment in the education of our young people will help to raise the aspirations of generations of pupils. I am very pleased that Bowmer and Kirkland is part of the priority school building programme. 

A total of 537 schools will benefit from construction through the two phases of the PSBP.

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