The expansion opening ceremony took place on Friday 1st March in front of representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, Severn Vale school, a range of contractors, teachers and students.

The £5 million project, is part of the county council’s overall pledge to invest £100 million into schools. The expansion work carried out by local Gloucestershire contractors E G Carter & Co Ltd included refurbishment and reconfiguration of the Science block, hall refurbishment and expansion of the existing three storey block, new changing rooms and sports hall storeroom. The new classrooms now facilitate lessons across the curriculum including Science, Maths, Art, Geography and History.

The ribbon was cut by Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council and Councillor for Quedgeley and Richard Johnson, Head of Severn Vale School.

Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council and Councillor for Quedgeley said “I am delighted to officially open this wonderful expansion project. After a guided tour from the pupils themselves, I can see how proud they are with the new facilities and the difference it already makes to their schooling. The work will allow Severn Vale School to accept an additional 30 children each year and is a key step to guarantee excellent schooling in Quedgeley.”

Richard Johnson, Head of Severn Vale school, “We are extremely pleased with everything achieved during this building programme. The £5 million invested by Gloucestershire County Council has enabled us to transform the facilities in our school, especially the science department, which has had an immediate impact on how students view learning in these rooms.”

“Not only has this expansion enabled us to massively improve facilities for our existing students, it has also provided us with the capacity needed to increase our student numbers as demand locally increases.”

The expansion work started in July 2017 and was completed on time and within budget in February 2019.

Thomas Jones, Associate Director of E G Carter & Co Ltd “The £5 million-pound development and remodelling at Severn Vale School is now complete, it is a typical example of how E G Carter & Co Ltd have worked collaboratively with Gloucestershire County Council and Severn Vale School under the GCC Framework to deliver a complicated and multiple phased scheme within a live school environment. The scheme has been delivered within budget and four weeks early. It was a pleasure to attend the handover ceremony and witness how the scheme has transformed the school and made such a difference to the teaching environments.”