New £2.9 million primary school for South Hams village officially opened

Posted on: 20 September 2018

The new £2.9 million Loddiswell primary school will be officially opened next week.

The new four-class school has been built on land next to the Bloor Homes development.

Devon County Council chair Caroline Chugg will officially open the school on Tuesday (25) at 2pm aided by county council leader John Hart.

For the first time, the school has all its facilities on site, including a playing field and hard play area. The 105 pupils moved into the new building last term.

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

Sue Jezard, executive head of the South Hams Federation, which includes Loddiswell, Stokenham, Malborough, Modbury and Kingsbridge primaries, said: “We’re completely thrilled by the building.

“It’s an absolutely amazing building which has gone beyond anything we dreamed we could have. There’s been real care and detail in the finish and once you get inside it gives the impression of a much bigger school. It’s so light and airy and conducive to learning.

“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 provides 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.”

Devon County Council’s Cabinet member for schools, James McInnes, said:

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

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

Local county councillor Rufus Gilbert said: “I am delighted that this long-awaited school is now open. 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.”

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