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On the roof of the new Kidbrooke Park Primary School

Published: Wednesday, 30th September 2020

Topping out ceremony marks a major milestone in the construction of the new Kidbrooke Park Primary School.

Cllr Matt Morrow, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People joined head girl, Sarah and head boy, Charlie to mark the completion of the steel frame construction of their new school building last week.  

They were joined by Holly Broughton, Executive Headteacher of Kidbrooke Park Primary School, Roger Trevena, Head of School and Matt Riley, Project Manager at Galliford Try.  

With the last steel beam in place, the children were the first to sign it, followed by the adults in a ceremony that is steeped in history.  

Cllr Matt Morrow, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:  

“I’m delighted to see the incredible progress this project has made, despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic. It’s crucial that children have a fit-for-purpose and inspiring environment in which to learn, and the new Kidbrooke Park Primary School will be just that.” 

The event included a tour of the site, a visit to the roof and the opportunity to find out more about what the school will be like when it’s finished. It will include a large sports hall and dining area, outdoor multi-use games area and a ‘forest school’. 

The children and Head of School, Roger Trevena presented a scroll with the names of every pupil of the school to Matt Riley who promised to incorporate it into the building. 

Holly Broughton, Executive Headteacher of Kidbrooke Park Primary School, said: 

“Seeing how far the construction has moved on since the ground-breaking event in January is really exciting. We can't wait to occupy the site and give our pupils a place that is tailored to their needs and one that we can all be proud of! 

The next step in the construction is to make the building weathertight by early to mid-October. After that, internal work can be accelerated, and construction is on course to be completed by Spring 2021.