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Pupils and staff in front of St Swithun’s Junior School before the topping out ceremony

New-build replacement school topped out

Pupils and staff have attended a topping out ceremony for the new St Swithun’s Junior School in Winchester

Posted by Dave Higgitt | December 19, 2014 | Bricks & mortar

A topping out ceremony for a new school building at St Swithun’s took place as work continues to progress on this new facility at the school’s campus on Alresford Road. Pupils and staff congregated to witness headmistress Pim Grimes fix the final piece on the highest point of the roof of the newly built replacement school.

Work will now continue with internal construction elements and the new school, which will replace the existing school buildings and enable the junior school to increase pupil numbers to 256, will open in September 2015. The development will include specialist teaching rooms, a science laboratory, an art studio, a media/computing room and a new performing arts space and gym.

Headmistress Pim Grimes said: “We are delighted that progress on our new school is going so well, and that our pupils have been so engaged with the process. With the increase in capacity, we still have some spaces available in most year groups for September 2015 and I am taking great pride in showing prospective parents how our grand plans are becoming a reality.”

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