New £2.9 million primary school for South Hams village

Turf cutting on land next to the Bloor Homes development, Loddiswell

Posted on: 13 July 2017

Work has begun on a new £2.9 million primary school for Loddiswell.

The new four-class school will be built on land next to the Bloor Homes development. Work is set to be completed by March 2018.

Devon County Council Chairman, Ray Radford cut the first turf for the new development on Thursday (13) aided by County Council Leader, John Hart, Cabinet Member for schools, James McInnes, local County Councillor, Rufus Gilbert and school pupils and staff.

For the first time, the school will have all its facilities on site, including a playing field and hard play area.

The site for the school was gifted to the community as part of the original planning permission for the housing development.

Devon County Council Chairman Ray Radford

Mr Radford said:

“This new school is being built as a result of excellent community cooperation in conjunction with the South Hams Federation and the county council.

“It will provide 21st century learning facilities for the children of the area and have the capacity to expand to five classes as the school grows.”

Sue Jezard, executive head of the South Hams Federation, which includes Loddiswell, Stokenham, Malborough and Modbury primaries, said: “This is a very special day, not just for the staff, governors and more importantly, the children, but also for the whole community of Loddiswell.

“The replacement school has been much anticipated. We are very grateful to everyone who has worked tirelessly to make the impossible possible for the benefit of our children now and for many years to come, in particular, the Harvey family, who have so generously gifted the land for our new school.

“The new school will provide a purpose-built exciting environment for high quality teaching and learning.

“The community can feel that they now have a primary school that will provide an outstanding school environment; a super legacy for our future generations.”

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Cllr Rufus Gilbert

Local county councillor Rufus Gilbert said:

“I am delighted that this long-awaited school is now proceeding. It’s very good news for the children of Loddiswell.

“I would pay tribute to the many people who have given a huge amount of time to achieve this result and I want to thank Devon County Council who realised the need and urgency to grasp this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The senior site manager for builders Midas Construction, Terry Blackman, said: “We are looking forward to creating a new school for the Loddiswell community and for many generations of children to enjoy.

“The primary school pupils are really excited to see their new school take shape before them and we are keen to keep them, their parents and teachers as well as people living and working nearby, as involved with the development as possible.”

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