Construction will begin on the new Elsenham Primary School on Thursday 29 March.

Headteacher Linda Reid will be joined by Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding, Cabinet Member for Education, and representatives from Kier Construction to ‘break the ground’ and signify the start of the new build.

Currently pupils are studying in temporary classrooms but the new build will have capacity for 240 pupils, meaning spaces for an extra 180 children, taking the school to a two form entry.

Linda Reid, Headteacher of Elsenham Primary School said:We are delighted to see that the expansion of the school has officially begun. The additional facilities will make a huge difference to the children currently at the school and cater brilliantly for the needs of all future pupils. Families in the village will be able to gain places at their local school and benefit greatly from the upgraded and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Essex County Councillor Ray Gooding said: “I am delighted that we are able to support the expansion of Elsenham Primary School. Pupil numbers are expected to increase and therefore the expansion is vital so we can provide all Primary aged children with a good education.”

The project also includes upgrading the kitchen to provide school meals, new office and library space as well as bright and airy classrooms and externally a Multi-Use Games Area and Active Play area will compliment the new internal space.

Ian Gifford, Operations Director, from Kier Construction said: “We are pleased to be delivering the new Elsenham Primary School extension and look forward to the working within the community over the next ten months.”

The school is set to be complete in January 2019.