A £2.5M redevelopment has been announced for a St Andrews primary school.
It will result in enhanced facilities for St Leonards-New Park - to be renamed St Leonards Junior School - which currently caters for 168 boys and girls aged four-and-a-half to 12.
The redevelopment, funded by the New Park Educational Trust and designed by Morris and Steedman Associates, will see the existing Early Years wing demolished and replaced by a brand new, state-of-the-art building and also refurbishment of Hepburn House, which accommodates Years (P) 4-7.
A number of new classrooms will be provided, as well as a new hall, a new reception area, new offices and new activity areas, in addition to new lavatories and cloakrooms.
Building work will commence now and is due to be completed in time for the start of the 2012 academic year.
The redeveloped area within the St Leonards campus is also to be known as New Park.
The redevelopment will take place in three stages. Stage one will see the refurbishment of Hepburn House, creating new classrooms and toilet areas; stage two is the demolition of the early years building and assembly hall, to be replaced by a brand new building containing four classrooms; staff and administrative area, assembly hall and changing rooms and the final stage is the completion of the refurbishment of Hepburn House.
Andrew Donald, headmaster of St Leonards-New Park, told the Citizen: “I’m delighted that this exciting project is now getting under way.
‘‘It will be a very exciting new building when it’s finished and will provide all the facilities which we would want.
“The new building will be a wonderful addition to the Junior School and to the whole of St Leonards.
“I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful generosity of the New Park Educational Trust, without which it would not be possible.
“I’m also very pleased that the name of New Park will continue in the new site. This is a fitting acknowledgement of its place in the history of both the Junior School and St Andrews.”
Martin Passmore, chairman of the New Park Educational Trust, added: “The Trust is delighted to be providing all of the funds to redevelop the Junior School at St Leonards.
“In this, it is not only continuing the legacy of the former New Park School but it is enhancing the excellent facilities that already exist at St Leonards.”
Dr Michael Carslaw, headmaster of St Leonards, said he was delighted that ‘‘the most significant building project’’ since his arrival just over three years ago was about to take place.
He added: “This is a huge milestone in the development of St Leonards, and will provide state-of-the-art facilities for our junior children.
“The renaming of St Leonards-New Park as St Leonards Junior School represents the bringing together of St Leonards as one.
“Morris and Steedman have produced a fantastic design which will serve St Leonards well for years to come.”
St Leonards-New Park was the name given to the junior section following the merger between St Leonards School and New Park School in 2005.