Haddon Primary School has seen a huge transformation in the last year with extensive improvements to the school’s buildings and facilities.
Head Teacher Nina Capek said she felt a duty to tackle the final stage of the refurbishment for the children in the early years and foundation stage (EYFS) classrooms. And to achieve this, she asked for a little help from some friends.
She said, “The children have been working in an area which we didn’t feel was fit for purpose anymore and because the rest of the school has been totally revamped and renewed, we wanted the younger children to have the same.”
That’s when Nina put out a call to The Flying High Partnership, the multi-academy trust the school belongs to. She said, “Preparation started on the classrooms before the Easter holidays so that on the first day back, with a little help from friends within our multi-academy trust, The Flying High Partnership, work could begin straight away.
We have people here from the Trust’s central team helping us, and Emma Spires who is an early year’s lead practitioner. We have staff from other schools in the wider Trust including Porchester Junior School and our EYFS staff from Haddon too.
“Now we can finally move away from those old carpets and curtains because we have laid a new floor which will allow both wet and messy play because it is easy to clean. We also have lots of new resources to stimulate pupils’ creativity.
“I know the children and their parents are very excited about the transformation, and though the children worked brilliantly in the old setting, they are of course looking forward to learning in their new environment which will have a positive impact on their learning too.”
An excited group of pupils were working in another classroom as the work progressed and when asked about the project, pupils said they were looking forward to a variety of changes.
Four-year-old Elliot Croll said he was excited about the new floor and fellow pupil Samuel Dean (age 5) said it was all the new equipment he was excited to see. Esme Swinscoe (age 5) said she was excited about the new toys and Francesca Levers (age 4) hoped there were new books to colour in, as it was her favourite activity.
Max Henshaw, age 5 said, “I am looking forward to seeing all the new playthings, I think it is going to be much better. The old carpet was dirty and it is gone now. I am very excited, and I think the teachers are too!”
Pete Wilkes, (Director of Inclusion and Quality Assurance at The Flying High Partnership) helped with the classroom transformation and said, “It has been great to see so many people here, giving their time to help transform this final space at Haddon. I don’t think any of us see it as a favour, because by creating this environment for the children, it benefits all of us, – Trust-wide.
Being part of the Flying High Partnership means that the opportunity to raise standards in any of our schools; be that academically or in this case, environmentally, is important to all of us, and in all of our interests to do. Improving the experience of children in education is at the heart of everything we do as a Trust and as individuals. So given the chance, we were all happy to get the paint rollers out!”