OVER the past year Thameside Primary School has had a complete transformation” said Head Teacher Jonathan Fish as he addressed children, parents, Councillors, building contractors, governors and other stakeholders during the official handover of the school in Manor Road, Grays.
He said: “ The fabulous thing about this building, and the rest of the school that has been refurbished, is that it makes a real statement as to the education and learning for our Thameside and Grays community. It’s a great achievement.”
The new school building now boast an extra six classrooms plus a brand-new library, substantial extensions to the two school halls, new staff room and a state of the art kitchen.
The whole building project took fourteen months to complete at a cost of £2.5M.
Inviting guests to a walk round of the school Mr. Fish said “The entire school has been in the building for just nine school days but you will see a learning environment that looks like we’ve been here for nine months.
Because what has happened over this last year, with everyone pulling together, is a true reflection of our Co-operative values.
The most important thing about this building is that it works for the children and the staff in it.”
Children from the school council then led visitors on a tour of the building.
Thurrock’s Deputy mayor Cllr Tunde Ojetola was among the guests and he said, “This is a brilliant design and it’s a delight to be here.”
He also paid tribute the parents saying, “Thanks to everyone for pulling together on this and in particular the parents and their patience. It just goes to show what we can achieve when we work together.”