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BY Lucy Bannister | Friday 11 February 2022

Broadacre Primary School in East Hull has had an £8.2m makeover

The first tour of new £8.2million Broadacre primary school has today been held ahead of pupils moving in this spring.

The completion of the school provides an additional 210 places to that of the old building, bringing capacity up to 630 pupil places. It incorporates a 10-place purpose-built space for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition, as well as a 52-place nursery, and enhanced external spaces and teaching areas, including a fenced multi-use games area.

Councillor Shane McMurray, Portfolio Holder for children’s services said: “Not only does this new build provide a fantastic environment for local children, but I’m pleased that it offers purpose-built provision for children with autism.

“This school is part of the council’s wider investment of £50milion into the city’s schools, to ensure children have the best learning environments possible, and this school will provide just that.”

Leader Cllr Daren Hale & Portfolio Holder for children’s services, Cllr Shane McMurray tour the 3-storey building

Children and staff at Broadacre have worked closely with Esteem Consortium and Sewell Construction, who have delivered the project. Every class completed a mini project on Autism to learn more about the condition during World Autism Awareness Week, children waved flags to celebrate the “topping out” when the build reached its highest point last summer, and special guest mascot, Roary the Tiger joined pupils and staff to celebrate the opening of the multi-use games area for a day of sporting activities.

Lisa Staines, Executive Head at Broadacre Primary School said: “Staff and pupils have been involved throughout the process and everyone has really enjoyed watching the building progress, as well as being involved in key milestones. We are now very excited to move in and enjoy the school!”

Classroom within the new school

The school has been designed and built sustainably, with maximum energy efficiency, including solar panels on the roof and electric vehicle charging points. The children will also enjoy bug hotels and bird boxes around the school, along with CCTV in one of the boxes so children can see first-hand wildlife interactions.

Esteem General Manager, Gavin Barley, added: “Working with Hull City Council and Sewell Construction on this project has been a pleasure. The process instils such a sense of pride in the whole team, especially when we see the excited faces of those it means the most to – the pupils.”

Broadacre Primary pupils will move into the new build school next month