A MULTI-MILLION pound revamp at a Hereford primary school has been completed, with new classrooms, physio room and netball courts among the improvements.

The new facilities have opened for pupils and staff at Marlbrook Primary School this week after a £6 million investment project by Herefordshire Council.

The council-funded sustainable scheme has provided six new classrooms, a new hall and a special hygiene and physio room, and the school also now has new netball courts and better car parking.

Morgan Sindall Construction was contracted by the council to carry out the work which they completed in time ready for when pupils of critical workers and those who are vulnerable return to school after February half term.

The school, which has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, has experienced a significant rise in pupil numbers in recent years and the council says its investment has enabled the size of the school to be significantly increased.


Councillor Felicity Norman, cabinet member for children and families, and Councillor Gemma Davies, cabinet member for commissioning, procurement and assets, said they were delighted that the scheme had been completed on time and within budget.

“Marlbrook Primary School is a real success story during what has been a really difficult time for schools due to the pandemic," they said in a joint statement

“This significant investment by the council means that pupils and staff can enjoy using the new high quality spacious facilities.

"Pupils will now benefit from a state-of-the-art learning environment and the very latest facilities to help make sure they get the best possible outcome from their education.”

Hereford Times: The new building at Marlbrook Primary SchoolThe new building at Marlbrook Primary School

Headteacher at the school in Green Croft Tracey Kneale said the opening of the new facilities to pupils and staff was a much-needed boost to Herefordshire primary school education in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"The whole school community is delighted with the new facilities.

"It’s been a difficult time for our pupils, their families and our staff – this project has given us something to look forward to that will be a really important asset to the school and our community for years to come.

"We’re also extremely grateful to everyone in the local community, our neighbours have been very patient and tolerant of the increased traffic and difficult parking situation."


Robert Williams, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, added: “We are delighted to hand over this important education asset for the Herefordshire community.

"We have worked collaboratively with the council and all of the project’s stakeholders to deliver the work safely, efficiently and in line with current government Covid-19 guidance.”