Monks Orchard Primary School and Nursery celebrated the official opening of their new building by her Worshipful the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley, on Wednesday 25 September. The Mayor is seen here with cabinet member for children, families and Learning, Cllr Tim Pollard , and ward councillor and school governor, Cllr Adam Kellett.
The council-funded £3.42m extension comprises a two-storey, brick and timber-clad building. It has taken just under a year to complete. The development sits within newly landscaped grounds and has also made room for a separate outdoor learning space for each year-one class.
The new “Rainbow Building,” with nine colour-coded classes, houses years 1, 2 and 3. It means Monks Orchard is now ready to become a fully-fledge three form of entry primary school.
The celebration involved the cutting of a specially-made rainbow cake with each of the school’s 500 children receiving a miniature version to commemorate the occasion.
The school recently celebrated its 75th anniversary and has seen a number of other improvements over the summer. Alongside the new classrooms this year has also seen the provision of a group space and breakout room in the existing school main building The school uses these as a music studio and as the extension to the reception year base.
Councillor Tim Pollard, cabinet member for children, families and learning was one of those present on the day. He said: “This is a good-looking and practical building which will allow Monks Orchard to continue to deliver excellent results with even more young people. The council’s investment programme is continuing elsewhere and over the next few years we’ll be spending over £160m on similar projects as well as a number of brand new schools.”
School governor and Ashburton ward councillor, Adam Kellett says "I am really pleased that this project has come in on time and on budget and I would like to thank everyone involved in the building project for their hard work. Local parents will welcome the increase in opportunity for their children to get a place at this popular school and I know that the school is very mindful of the need to minimise the impact it has on surrounding communities as the numbers in the school expands in the coming years."