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St. Modwen has started work on the multi-million pound extension of Rykneld Primary School in Branston that will create an additional 160 primary school places.

The work will include the construction of a two-storey extension featuring 10 new classrooms, extra staff and pupil support rooms and a large sports hall. Existing outside sports facilities will also be enhanced with the creation of an all-weather pitch and improved hard and soft play areas.

The additional primary school places will increase capacity at the school from 470 to 630, including 23 places for reception-age children.

The extension of Rykneld Primary School is part of St. Modwen’s wider planned redevelopment of land south of Branston, which includes the creation of up to 660 new homes, as well as employment opportunities. 

Ian Romano, senior development surveyor at St. Modwen, said: “We are pleased to begin work on the extension to Rykneld Primary School, which will help the school meet the needs of this expanding community. We look forward to delivering an enhanced educational environment for pupils and staff.”

Gary Staddon, head teacher at Rykneld Primary School, added: “The new classrooms, all-weather pitch and creation of extended hard and soft play areas will help us create an inspirational educational environment for our pupils and give them increased access to a range of learning, social and sporting activities.”

Councillor Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills at Staffordshire County Council said: “The extension to Rykneld Primary School will meet the increasing demand for spaces in the Branston community, while raising standards for staff and students.”

The extension is due for completion in summer 2015.