Projects lined up at Hampstead School

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Hampstead School pupils (from left) Paige Green, 9, Hannah Stephens, 10, and Zara Lawson, 9, in front of the sports sheds to be replaced with a new learning support unit.

A new learning support resource building, on-site staff car park and new sports sheds are set to be added to the Hampstead School site from the middle of next year.

The additions are being funded by the Ministry of Education, but projects will be managed by the school.

School principal Peter Melrose said the projects were in various stages of planning and had been proposed two years ago.

A new fit for purpose learning support unit/resource area would include five breakout spaces, an office, toilet and kitchen.

The 150m2 building would be built where the current sports sheds were, he said.

The sports sheds, located on the site of the old school toilets, would be rebuilt elsewhere to provide more practical storage and also a workshop for the school caretaker.

Mr Melrose said the new learning support building would be used by the school’s four part-time special needs teachers, teacher aides working with children, for ESOL classes and for extension work.

The special needs bus would have access right up to the new building through a re-configured entry.

Mr Melrose said Hampstead School had 12 special needs students.

All were supported and had a variety of needs and various conditions.

A new on-site staff parking area with 40 parks will be built and accessed from Oxford Street.

Mr Melrose said the car park would free up the road around school for parents dropping off and picking up children.

-By Mick Jensen