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Dosthill Primary Academy

Dosthill Primary Academy

New Build

Priority School Building Project and Condition Improvement Fund

During the next two years, we have a range of improvement work taking place at our school to ensure that we have a safe and inspiring learning environment for the children of Dosthill Primary Academy. We are extremely excited to see the transformation of our school; it is very exciting for our whole community and the children of Dosthill.

Three of the mobiles are being replaced (six classrooms) with a new brick built building as part of the DFE Priority School Building Programme. The mobile classrooms are extremely old which is why they have been acknowledged as a priority build; we are very much looking forward to the new build project starting this academic year (2020).

As a school, we are also very fortunate to have won a CIF (Condition Improvement Fund) grant to improve several areas around school. The Victorian roof is currently being re-tiled due to the poor condition of this which is deteriorating very rapidly. Also, the flat roof areas over the hall and kitchen are being replaced. In addition to roofing work, the funding has also been agreed in order to replace the remaining mobile next to the Children’s Centre.

Our children really deserve the safest and highest quality learning environments; the fact that we have gained funding for all of these projects via the Priority School Building Fund or Condition Improvement Fund really shows how necessary these projects are. The school environment is being enhanced for the wonderful children who really do deserve the very best learning environments in line with our vision of ‘Ensuring Excellence for All.’

Information will be updated on this page, monthly. Please also check the attachments below for more information. 

July 2020 Buildings Update

Dosthill Academy and the Fierté Trust are pleased that planning permission has been granted for the building of six classrooms on its site replacing mobile classrooms that are no longer fit for purpose.  We look forward to building work starting later this year and the classrooms being open in readiness for the 2021 academic year.  We very much appreciate the concerns of residents including those relating to the temporary haul road that will cross the Broom.  Our commitment is to work with the community and local residents to ensure the impact of building works is minimised and, as far as feasibly possible, concerns are responded to.  With this in mind, we are inviting local community groups such as the Residents' Association and others to meet with us at regular intervals.  

The Victorian roof area will also be undergoing improvement work during the next three months due to internal ceiling collapses, tile movement and leaks.

Approximate Time Frame For New Build

September – Haul Road Construction (Currently delayed)

November – Brickwork begins

January – Roofing

February – Building watertight

February – May: Internal fitting

End of May: Completion

June: Site cleared

July: Mobiles demolished and site cleared.

August 2020 Building Update.

We thought that it would be useful to share with parents/carers and residents an update regarding the new build and roofing work at our school.

The new build was expected to commence during early September however this is currently delayed due to some of the pre-commencement conditions not being fully finalised yet.  We will update everyone via the web page as soon as we know the exact dates that the project will begin; we are hopeful that everything will be in place imminently so that the exciting project can commence.

Parent, Carer and Residents meeting - August 20th 2020

Thank you to parents/carers and local residents for joining our meeting last Thursday. It was a very positive meeting to share our ambitions to work closely with the local community to ensure that the building project is delivered in a fair, mutually respectful and considered way. As a school, three of our key values are empathy, kindness and generosity and we will ensure that these are at the heart of the project. We will be working closely as a school and Trust to ensure that the construction team (Midas) follow all planning stipulations in order that the Broom and local residents are not impacted upon negatively. We really care about all aspects of the local area and our neighbours/local residents and want to work as a close community to bring about a successful project.

The minutes of the meeting are within the document section. We are really looking forward to meeting the local community regularly during the year ahead to ensure that everyone's thoughts, feelings, compliments or concerns are shared so that excellent communication leads to a smooth and successful building project.

I know that the children at our school are also very keen to ensure that the wildlife, plants, trees and landscape is disturbed as little as possible. Again, this is something that will guide our liaison with the building team so that the Broom is restored with care once the building work has been completed.

May 2021 Building Update

We are delighted to be able to provide you with an update on the status of the new build for Dosthill Primary Academy. It was confirmed yesterday (Wednesday 5th May) that the project will commence on Monday 10th May. This is such great news for the children of Dosthill Primary who will benefit from the six classroom building which will replace three of our mobile blocks. The new classrooms will ensure that our children will have access to a bright, more spacious, well maintained and inspiring learning environment.

The project (which is part of the Department for Education - Priority School Building programme) has been in development for ten years and we thank everyone who has been involved in ensuring that the fabric of our school building is secured for current and future generations of children.

Below is an overview of the imminent work that will take place and we will keep you updated on a regular basis via ParentMail, Twitter and the school website about developments. I'm sure our children will enjoy tracking the progress of the build and learning more about construction in the process too.

  • Next week, temporary fencing will be erected within the build area, with permanent fencing following shortly after so that the construction area will be safe and secure for all.
  • Two temporary cabins will also be placed next to the Children's Centre building to support the work force.
  • Between the 13th-17th May, matting (creating the temporary road) will be laid for the plant machines to access the site.
  • A banksman will be on site daily to accept all deliveries and ensure safety for all.

As soon as we have the confirmed time frames for the entire project, we will share this also via Twitter and our school website so that the community and parents/carers are fully updated on the progress of the build.

For further updates, please use the Twitter feed on our school website: https://www.dosthill.org/

Reception and Year Two

Reception and Year Two will continue to access and leave school via the Broom gate as construction traffic will not use the Broom at these times of day.

Once the fencing is in place, the walk-way at the boundary of the Broom will still be accessible if you enter the Broom from the pathway next to the Children's centre. The school matting/path will then be re-positioned from the boundary pathway to the Broom gate.

Please use the following email should you have any questions or queries throughout the building process: newbuild@dosthill.org

This email address is monitored during school hours (Monday to Friday 8am-4pm). We will aim to respond within 24 hours of receiving an email or query.