Two Bradford primary schools have both recently completed their expansions to accommodate more pupils.

Bracken hill primaryBrackenhill Primary School and Southmere Primary Academy will both become 2 form entry schools, allowing them to accommodate double the number of pupils they could previously accept.

Each school will now be able to accommodate 420 pupils across the year groups whereas previously their capacity was for 210.  All staff, pupils and governors at both schools are delighted with the enhancement to the learning environments at their premises.

To celebrate the completion of this major project, which has been staged over a five-year period, there will be an “open” event in which the Lord Mayor of Bradford and the Lady Mayoress will officially open extensions to both buildings.

Councillor Mike Gibbons, Lord Mayor of Bradford, said:  “This is great news for these two schools.  I am looking forward to attending both ceremonies and to viewing the extensive building work which has taken place.”

Helen Metcalf, headteacher at Brackenhill Primary School, said: “Everyone at Brackenhill Primary School is delighted with the high quality expansion of our school which has created a wonderful, modern environment for us all to enjoy and which is enhancing teaching and learning. This investment by Bradford Council in our school will benefit the children and families of Great Horton for many years to come.”

Southmere primaryHayley Marshall, headteacher at Southmere Primary Academy, said: “Everyone at Southmere Primary Academy is delighted with the wonderful new facilities the expansion has brought. The investment by Bradford Council has impacted on Sports and Literacy provision through the additional hall and library. We are also proud of our sedum roof further supporting our commitment to an eco-friendly school”.

Councillor Joanne Dodds for Great Horton Ward, said:  “This will enable so many more pupils to attend their local schools and to also benefit from these wonderful new facilities. To have both these schools expanded and completed to such a high standard is fantastic for Great Horton.”

Councillor Ralph Berry, Executive Member for Children’s Services, was also thrilled with the expansion, “We are delighted that this massive expansion project has enabled more children to go to Brackenhill and Southmere primaries.  We are all aware of the increase in demand for primary school places and expansions such as this are helping pupils and families to attend their local school.”