Winchcombe School celebrates completion of £4.5 million project

The official opening ceremony of the brand-new sports hall at Winchcombe School took place on Thursday.

The ceremony was attended by representatives from Gloucestershire county council, building contractors E G Carter & Co Ltd, teachers, governors, and students. The student leadership team cut the ribbon to mark the occasion and event was held in the new sports hall.

E G Carter & Co Ltd were the main contractors for the project and worked on further improvements to the school including the extension to the School’s Science department and phased refurbishment of various areas.

The £4.7 million expansion project was funded by Gloucestershire County Council and has also provided the school with the accommodation to grow from 490 places to 600 places as demand increases in the area.

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are committed to investing £150 million into school buildings and this is the latest project in that pledge.

“The expansion of Winchcombe School ensure that the school can cope with the additional demand expected in the coming years, while also ensuring that pupils have access to additional new facilities to support their education.”

Jonathan Templeton, Headteacher of Winchcombe School said “The work completed over the last 2 years demonstrates a remarkable shift in the amenities of the school. It is fitting that in the 60th year of the school’s opening, for the first time, students have a dedicated dining space to eat in, a Sports Hall to train in, an all-weather covered space to socialise in and an auditorium to perform in. This aligned with improved academic spaces for Science, Technology and Student Support as well as additional toilets, means the school is prepared to embark on the future with exceptional opportunities for all. These new facilities will enable the school to deliver excellent academic and pastoral education, to the present and future students as they Aspire for Success.”

Thomas Jones, Associate Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd said "It was a pleasure to be involved in the refurbishment and extension at Winchcombe School. The effort put in by the design team, and subsequent hard work from our site team and subcontractors ensured the project was on time and to budget. We hope the students and teachers enjoy their new facilities.”

The expansion work which was funded by Gloucestershire County Council started in July 2020 and was completed on time and within budget in November 2021.