Coppermill Primary School in Walthamstow celebrates opening of 'beautiful' new classrooms

First published in Waltham Forest East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

A PRIMARY school is today celebrating the official opening of two "beautiful" new classrooms to help it cope with an increase in capacity.

The new building extension at Coppermill Primary School in Walthamstow, funded by Waltham Forest Council, also includes a new reception, admin office and toilets.

The school is officially a one form entry school but has been taking on extra pupils due to the borough's shortage of pupil places, with the new site allowing it to have an additional reception class.

Coppermill's recently appointed new headteacher Figen Bektasoglu said: "The building really is lovely and beautiful. The design fits in perfectly with the rest of the school and it's great to have the extra space.

"It's brilliant and this type of investment is really important for us moving towards becoming a really good school.

"The work was completed during October half term so the children have been using the site for a few weeks, but we wanted to have an official opening because it's such an important milestone for Coppermill."

She added: "We were worried about the disruption but I want to thank the builders and on-site manager who managed to keep it to a minimum.

"They were excellent at co-operating with us to make sure the pupils weren't affected too much by it."

The works to the site, in Edward Road, were approved by Waltham Forest Council in March.

A total of 27 neighbours were consulted but none objected.

In recent years the school has been forced to use temporary classroom buildings in its playground to cope with extra pupil numbers.

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10:28am Fri 30 Nov 12

Young-Gunner43 says...

Nice new classrooms but the school is still using 'temporary classroom buildings in its playground'
Nice new classrooms but the school is still using 'temporary classroom buildings in its playground' Young-Gunner43
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10:34am Fri 30 Nov 12

Techno3 says...

I ma very pleased that the work has been carried out to the satisfaction of the school.

May I please though comment on the phrase "funded by Waltham Forest Council" in your piece? This is taxpayers' money, not a gift from the local government. There is no money tree behind the Town Hall. The project is funded by the taxpayers. Please don't perpetuate the myth that the council in any way create any of the public's money which they spend. The council is merely there to do what the public tells it to, with the money the public entrusts it with. Sometimes it is spent as intended, sometimes it is not.
I ma very pleased that the work has been carried out to the satisfaction of the school. May I please though comment on the phrase "funded by Waltham Forest Council" in your piece? This is taxpayers' money, not a gift from the local government. There is no money tree behind the Town Hall. The project is funded by the taxpayers. Please don't perpetuate the myth that the council in any way create any of the public's money which they spend. The council is merely there to do what the public tells it to, with the money the public entrusts it with. Sometimes it is spent as intended, sometimes it is not. Techno3
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4:35pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Actually, it was probably funded from the money the DfE gave to the borought o pay for school expansion.

It's still "our" money, of course, but I'm not sure the borough deserved the credit at all.
Actually, it was probably funded from the money the DfE gave to the borought o pay for school expansion. It's still "our" money, of course, but I'm not sure the borough deserved the credit at all. Helen, Walthamstow
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2:52pm Sat 1 Dec 12

myopinioncounts says...

Schools in the borough are not able to keep up with the increase in the population, the mobile classrooms are no doubt still required - or soon will be.
Schools in the borough are not able to keep up with the increase in the population, the mobile classrooms are no doubt still required - or soon will be. myopinioncounts
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6:12pm Sat 1 Dec 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
Schools in the borough are not able to keep up with the increase in the population, the mobile classrooms are no doubt still required - or soon will be.
Very probably, myopinioncounts.

Do you think there is a link between the huge and rapid expansion of our primary schools and the borough's low standing in the achievement charts produced this week by Ofsted (see report on this website)? I do.

Secondary schools were more successful, but they too will soon see the first wave of the boom.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: Schools in the borough are not able to keep up with the increase in the population, the mobile classrooms are no doubt still required - or soon will be.[/p][/quote]Very probably, myopinioncounts. Do you think there is a link between the huge and rapid expansion of our primary schools and the borough's low standing in the achievement charts produced this week by Ofsted (see report on this website)? I do. Secondary schools were more successful, but they too will soon see the first wave of the boom. Helen, Walthamstow
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