Renovation work ahead of schedule

A £4 MILLION school renovation project is coming along well – with the second of five phases being due for completion in time for the summer.

The Haven VA CE/Methodist Primary School moved into its new look home ahead of schedule after local building firm Obsorne’s finished work a month early.

As part of the recent work builders renovated classrooms and relocated and extended the school’s IT suite and library.

There will also be a new room for small groups of children which is being earmarked for youngsters with special educational needs or behavioural problems.

The school’s main building has also been extended to make room for four extra classrooms. Once completed, the renovation works will allow The Haven School to permanently double its numbers to 420 pupils by the 2016/17 academic year and funding for the project was been provided by East Sussex County Council.

Headteacher Wendy Bray was delighted with the progress made so far. She said, “Osborne has been courteous and empathetic to the needs of the school and has always strived to ensure that teaching and learning for the pupils has not been compromised.”

John Craig, a spokesman for Osborne, said, “Since starting work at The Haven School, it feels like our site team has become part of school community. We’ve answered queries and letters from the children about the work, taken an assembly to tell the pupils about safety on building sites and also made a donation to the fund for the PTFA summer fete.

“This close working relationship was a key factor in enabling us to complete this stage of the refurbishment ahead of schedule, so the staff and pupils can make the most of the new facilities during the summer term.”

Rev John Brook of The Haven Church added, “Osborne has been a pleasure to work with and we are delighted to have the new classrooms available for use ahead of schedule.”

Pupils recently held an exhibition of their artwork and only last week, youngsters leaving the school were treated to a meal and were ferried to and from the restaurant in a luxury coach.