Expanding school shows off its £1.2m facelift

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A FLOURISHING school in Bulwell can now cater for more local children than ever — thanks to a £1.2 million redevelopment.

When Hempshill Hall Primary first opened in 1973, it had enough space for only 40 pupils.

.Hempshill early years unit Hempshall Hall school

.Hempshill early years unit Hempshall Hall school

But now the school on Hempshill Lane has unveiled its latest changes and an extension, which mean it can now accommodate 420 children aged three to five, alongside a 60-place nursery.

The Sheriff of Nottingham, Coun Leon Unczur (Lab), was on hand to cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially open the new-look school before a blessing by the Rev Barbara Holbrook, songs from schoolchildren and speeches from civic dignitaries.

Helen Ridge, head teacher at Hempshill Hall, said: “The success of this project is due to the effective partnership between all parties involved.

“This extension further enhances the excellent quality of provision on offer at Hempshill Hall and has already positively impacted upon our young children.”

Money for the project has come from Nottingham City Council, with construction split into two phases to minimise disruption.

The first included a large extension to the foundation unit, along with two new classrooms for year-one pupils. The second phase included a kitchen refurbishment.

Coun David Mellen (Lab), lead member for children’s services at Notts County Council, said: “The re-organisation of primary schools in the Bulwell and East Basford area has allowed us to make sure school places are available where families need them.

“The extension at Hempshill Hall will ensure that the youngest children at this successful school will have an improved building in which to learn.”

OUR PHOTOS show (bottom) the new-look school and (top), the Sheriff opening the early-years unit, watched by Hempshill Hall youngsters — DISPIC NHUD11-2720-1.