Children are already making the most of the first completed primary school classrooms for Years 5 and 6 in Bury St Edmunds ahead of a major education shake-up.
St Edmund’s Catholic Primary, in Westgate Street, is the first school in the town to have its new building ready to accommodate 120 extra pupils.
The majority of Bury is moving to two tier education in 2016 with primary schools taking on Year 5 children this September.
The new £800,000 building at St Edmund’s boasts four classrooms and a shared space for design and technology. There are also two slides attached to the building, which children have been queuing to use.
Pupils from the school council have helped decide colour schemes for the building and the incoming Year 5 will give their input on the layout of the classrooms and furniture design. The school will also make use of the facilities before September.
Katie Copeman, head of school, praised building contractors Cocksedge for taking on children’s ideas. She said: “Being a land locked site , there were potentially difficulties with access but they were brilliant with the children. Just to be able to have the children involved the whole way through means they’ve got ownership of elements of that building from day one.”