School shares new sports pitch with community

Children celebrate the completion of the extension with from the left, governorand Ccouncillor Bob Metcalfe, home / school links manager Anthea Hick and headteacher Mungo Sheppard
Children celebrate the completion of the extension with from the left, governorand Ccouncillor Bob Metcalfe, home / school links manager Anthea Hick and headteacher Mungo Sheppard

MIXENDEN residents have given the thumbs-up to exciting developments at Ash Green Community Primary School.

A near £500k extension has been completed providing a large classroom and office accommodation.

It also houses changing rooms and showers which will also be used by the community using the new multi-use games area out-of-school hours.

Playground equipment has also been installed at the lower site on Mixenden Road. That is also being replicated on the upper site at Clough Lane.

Head teacher Mungo Sheppard said it was an exciting time for the school and the extension was well received by the community during a recent open day.

“It has transformed the facade of the place and given this end of Mixenden a real facelift,” he said.

“The school has an enviable reputation for teaching and learning but we wanted it to look good as well.”

Mr Sheppard said the extension had been nominated for a Civic Trust award for new buildings that improve an area.

The floodlit astro-turf games surface measures 37 metres by 19 metres.

“It is a fantastic community resource and the improvements have given the school and the whole community a massive lift,” said Mr Sheppard.

“Everybody is so proud of what we have got and seeing smiles on faces when people were shown around was wonderful.”

Pupils were heavily involved in the introduction of adventure playground equipment.

Mr Sheppard said the only time behaviour issues arose was in the playground and children felt there wasn’t enough for them to do.

“The school council got involved and children designed what they wanted,” he said.

Teaching staff were among the first on the astro-turf when they played a football match during the open day against against builders’ who have been working on site.