Brighton & Hove City Council’s Planning Committee have unanimously voted to approve the plans for a new school building for West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School!
The plans also include a new permanent building for King’s School, currently located in Portslade. The construction will occur in one phase and the existing buildings demolished once the school moves into the new building, at the end of 2018.
At West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School we have outstanding teachers, strong and experienced support staff and will now soon have first rate facilities to match!
Rachel Simmonds said “I am delighted with the planning committee's decision. I am very proud of our school community and its achievements. The new build will enable us to be at the forefront in providing the highest quality education and opportunities for both pupils and the wider community”.
The new building will enable the school to be truly inclusive, with all year groups (including the nursery and ASC unit) housed under the same roof. The modern and efficient building has been designed to inspire and instil pride across the whole school community and will empower the school to deliver the highest quality of education in a stimulating environment for many generations to come.
Philip Worsfold, chair of the school’s governing body, said: “The new building means state of the art facilities for current and future pupils at West Blatchington to help them thrive. It is a very exciting moment for the whole school community.”
The building will house a dedicated music room, a music practice room, fully equipped cookery room, ICT suite, sports hall and performance hall. A library will sit at the heart of the school on each floor, promoting the school’s love of reading for both Early Years/Key Stage 1 pupils and Key Stage 2 pupils. The much loved wildlife garden will be retained in its existing position.
The development of the school site will bring enormous opportunities for the school to further strengthen its role within the community. The plans have been carefully designed to offer opportunities for community usage and rental of the school facilities.
Bonjour once more! The children had a fun filled day yesterday, meeting their French penfriends. They made the children feel very welcome at their school and planned plenty of fantastic activities for the children, including archery and traditional wooden games.
After dinner, the children went bowling. The temperatures have dropped a bit now, like at home, and all is well.
The children are looking forward to sharing stories about their amazing adventures with their families when they get home tonight.
After a lovely dinner at their hostel, the children spent time on the beach. They had lots of fun playing football and games as well as eating tasty ice creams!
They ended the day extremely happy and were showered and settled in time for bed. Some of the rooms even have an amazing view of the sunset!
The children are all looking forward to seeing their French penfriends at their school today!
Bonjour! The year 6 pupils have arrived safely in Calais, France after a good journey. First stop was the bakery, where they learnt to make yummy croissants and they all had great fun with Bruno the baker.
The weather is as hot in France as it is at home, so they are all enjoying the glorious sunshine.
Watch this space tomorrow for more updates!
As you may be aware, over recent months the school has been in meetings with Brighton & Hove City Council and the Education Funding Agency, regarding the potential development of the school site to build a permanent site for King's School and a new school building for West Blatchington Primary & Nursery School.
On Thursday 25th May 2017 there will be a Public Exhibition held in the Junior Hall from 15:30-19:30 and parents, staff and the wider community are invited to come and view the proposed plans.
For further details please click on: Public Exhibition
A group of Year 5 children are currently at Bowles for a residential. Everyone is having a fantastic time, enjoying the glorious sunshine and getting lots of fresh air, whilst trying out new activities.
The children had great fun having a onesie party as well as enjoying a camp fire yesterday and will be doing abseiling today!
They have been busy making memories and can't wait to tell their families all about their adventures when they arrive back tonight.
This morning we launched Mini Monkeys, our free stay and play session aimed at parents and carers with children aged up to 4 years old. The session got off to a great start, with nearly 30 parents and children attending!
We had great fun potato painting, making shapes with play dough, practicing our musical talents on the instruments and doing a parachute game! It was great to see families talking and meeting new people, as well as the children enjoying lots of tasty and healthy snacks!
If you couldn't make today's session we would love to see you next week. The session runs every Tuesday during term time from 09:00-10:00 in the infant hall.
Due to heavy ice which is currently being cleared, the school will open at 09:00 today. Everyone is to use the infant main entrance (the path with the single gate). Junior pupils must then take the path on their right to walk to the junior building and enter through the junior main entrance.
Minibuses will operate as normal but the breakfast club is cancelled.
Hangleton Way has been gritted but other roads are slippery so please take car and park considerately to ensure we keep the school entrances clear and safe.
Hove MP Peter Kyle has taken part in a visit to Monkeys class to celebrate World School Milk Day 2016 and show his support for the availability of milk in schools.
World School Milk Day is celebrated across the world to highlight the health and educational benefits of milk in schools and encourage more children to drink milk. Schools and nurseries across the country have been taking part in a variety of activities to mark the day, ranging from MP visits to themed activities within the classroom.
Local MP Peter Kyle visited the school to show support for milk as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. He acted as the “milk monitor”, pouring the milk and sharing it out with the children.
Peter Kyle commented that "West Blatchington Nursery is one of the loveliest nurseries I've been too. The welcome from the children and staff was warm and friendly and I loved spending time there.
It was especially good to be involved in their milk time. Milk is so important for the development of children and to see how their teacher Mrs Johnson, made nutrition fun, reminded me how important it is."