Designs unveiled for new Didcot primary school

Designs for Didcot’s new primary school in Great Western Park housing estate have been unveiled ahead of the school’s opening in September.

The first ground was broken to start building Didcot Primary Academy in October last year, and steel frames went up in late December.

The school will have 15 classrooms, a large dining-come-gymnastics hall, and playing fields.

A football pitch is expected to be finished this August, in time for pupils to attend classes from early September.

The publicly-funded academy will open with 52 spaces in the nursery for three and four-year-olds, 30 places for reception children, 15 for year 1 pupils and 15 for year 2 youngsters.

It will start with six teachers and three teaching assistants, and will take on extra pupils each year until the school’s expected capacity of 420 youngsters by 2025.

The academy will be run by the education charity GEMS Learning Trust.

Jodie Croft, chief executive of the trust said: “We have had a lot of demand from eager parents over the last few months to see if they can get their children into our new school.

“We hope the community gets on board with these designs as we think they are lovely and showcase the vision of what we want the school to look like.

“It’s going to be a fabulous place for learning.”

Each classroom in the school will have it’s own colour palette with the nursery room and the reception room’s to be inter-joined.

Current headteacher of Sutton Courtenay Church of England Primary School, Alison Ashcroft has been appointed the academy’s first headteacher.

She is due to start in the role this summer.

Nick Hards, Oxfordshire county councillor for Didcot, said: “It’s a good quality design of school and I hope it goes up fast as we really need this school on the estate.”

The school will have just over 30 parking spaces. But Cllr Hards believes warned this will not be enough as the school grows.

He added: “There won’t be an obvious problem at the start when the intake isn’t that high but these kinds of issues have to be addressed now before it becomes a bigger problem down the line.”

Applications for the school closed on January 15.