£1.5million development gets underway at Mayfield

Torbay Weekly

Work has started at Torquay's Mayfield School on a £1.5 million project to create more teaching space.

The scheme entails building a new administration lock, which will allow existing space within the school to be remodelled to accommodate improved, reconfigured teaching and learning spaces.

Torbay Council approved the funding as part of the Children’s Services Capital Programme, supporting the commitment to improve existing facilities for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities.

The development is being project managed by TDA, part of TDA Group, working together with approved local contractor Nevada Construction.

The new single storey block will allow space for additional facilities such as 1:1 office and session rooms, group session rooms, training room, mobility washrooms, accessible kitchens and storage areas. It will interconnect to existing buildings, allowing full accessibility across the site. External works  will include a new staff entrance from Steps Lane and landscaping of the surrounding grounds.

Head Stuart Heron said: “Our new block will have a hugely positive impact for pupils and staff. The extension will enable us to accommodate a significant number of our administrative and support staff into a centralised location whereby freeing their current offices and spaces for learning, teaching and intervention. The organic nature of Mayfield’s growth has led to a piecemeal blend of classrooms and admin offices interspersed. The new extension will enable us to plan for high impact learning, support and intervention in appropriate spaces close to classrooms and social spaces. The net gain and use of these breakout spaces will help us meet the complex Education, Health and Care needs of all of our pupils and increase positive outcomes.”

Council leader Steve Darling said: "We are incredibly proud of the support we can provide local schools to improve school facilities and the learning environment."

Cllr Cordelia Law, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Many of Torbay’s schools are continually improving their facilities to provide our young people with exciting and engaging spaces where they can learn. We look forward to seeing pupils at Mayfield School thrive in their new facilities."

The works are expected to be completed in July.