James Elliman celebrates extension completion

Published: 26 September 2017

The children of James Elliman Academy have been enjoying new classrooms and dining hall after a large extension of the school.

The work is part of the council’s school places programme – a multi-million pound investment in primary and secondary school buildings, extensions and new schools – to provide enough places for Slough’s current and future young people.

The work at James Elliman involved an extension to the dining hall and a total of six new classrooms including five in a brand new block. There was also a new footpath installed and outdoor landscaping work.

All work was completed before the children returned to school after the summer holidays.

Saira Rasheed, principal of James Elliman Academy, said: “The new expansion is a very welcome addition to our existing site.

“The children and staff are proud of their new classes and are thoroughly enjoying teaching and learning in such a spacious and welcoming environment.”

The works at the Elliman Avenue primary school were undertaken by Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a partnership between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd which is driving regeneration across the town through new housing and investment in leisure, community facilities and school buildings.

Councillor Madhuri Bedi, cabinet member for education and children, said: “Having an excellent learning environment is fundamental to the success of a school and we are proud to be able to help our young people get the best start in life with these stunning new facilities.”

James Elliman is the first completion of the school extension programme, with several more school extensions being planned and undertaken by SUR including St Mary’s, Claycots, Priory special educational needs and Wexham Secondary school.

Andy Howell, general manager of SUR, said: “It is fantastic to be able to build new teaching facilities that enhance the learning environment.

“Through the partnership, we are also providing children with opportunities to learn about the construction of their new buildings and give something back through local community initiatives.”