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School expansion complete - on time and on budget

The ribbon has been cut to celebrate the opening of a £5millione expansion to Severn Vale school.

Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawthorne was the man entrusted with the giant scissors on Friday afternoon.

The expansion has been two years in the making and has seen the school's science block reconfigured, a refurbishment of the hall and an expansion of a three-story block.

It includes new changing rooms and a sports hall storeroom and new classrooms to be used by the science, maths, art, geography and history departments.

The expansion work started in July 2017 and finished on time and within budget in February with the project managed by contractor EG Carter.

As well as being leader of Gloucestershire County Council, councillor Hawthorne is the member for Quedgeley where the school is based.

Prior to cutting the ribbon he was given a tour of the expansion by pupils and was impressed with what he saw.

Mark Hawthorne cutting the ribbon at Severn Vale School

He said: "After a guided tour from the pupils themselves, I can see how proud they are with the new facilities and the difference it already makes to their schooling.

"The work will allow Severn Vale School to accept an additional 30 children each year and is a key step to guarantee excellent schooling in Quedgeley."

Richard Johnson, Head of Severn Vale school added: "We are extremely pleased with everything achieved during this building programme.

The £5 million invested by Gloucestershire County Council has enabled us to transform the facilities in our school, especially the science department, which has had an immediate impact on how students view learning in these rooms."

"Not only has this expansion enabled us to massively improve facilities for our existing students, it has also provided us with the capacity needed to increase our student numbers as demand locally increases."

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