Harold Wood students set to benefit from ‘phenomenal’ facilities after three year transformation

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use. Thomas, nine, Freya, nine, Megan, nine and Owen, nine in the quiet area in the playground - Credit: Archant

A school’s transformation which has been three years in the making has been hailed as an “exciting new chapter” in the school’s history.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use. Thomas, nine, Freya, nine, Megan, nine and Owen, nine in the quiet area in the playground - Credit: Archant

Harold Wood Primary School held its official opening last Friday as work which started in 2013 came to an end.

The new classrooms will allow up to 30 extra pupils to begin school life in “phenomenal” facilities.

Nick Plumb, deputy head of Harold Wood Primary School, said: “The school has benefitted from some fantastic new facilities which have really enhanced the learning environment of pupils since I joined.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use. Thomas, nine, Freya, nine, Megan, nine and Owen, nine in the quiet area in the playground - Credit: Archant

“I remember walking out of my classroom when I first started and the school was changing all the time at one point.


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“But it’s fantastic to have joined the infant and junior schools; there is a real sense of togetherness.”

The three-year development has seen additional classrooms built, new kitchen facilities and dining hall, an enlarged infant’s playground and increased car parking.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use. Thomas, nine, Freya, nine, Megan, nine and Owen, nine in the quiet area in the playground - Credit: Archant

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Parents that were given the grand tour last week were apparently delighted with the changes.

Mr Plumb believes the improvements to the school will provide an “exciting new chapter” in the school’s history.

He said: “The school now has a really modern look and up to date finish.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use.

Harold Wood Primary School has gone under a transformation and has a new building for pupils to use. Thomas, nine, Freya, nine, Megan, nine and Owen, nine in the quiet area in the playground - Credit: Archant

“While nothing has changed in the service we provide, it does feel like a brand new school.”

Cllr Brian Eagling, (East Havering Residents’ Group) said: “I was so impressed with the new improvements made to the school and these will enhance the pupil’s education not only for the present but for the future.

“This was a great achievement for all involved with this project and as a local councillor I am so pleased that I have seen this grow from the beginning until fruition.”

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