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Thornhill Primary School new teaching block expected in November

Friday, 3 September 2021

The COVID-19 impact on the global production of building materials has meant that completion of the new teaching block at Thornhill Primary School is now expected in November.

The new building had been expected to be completed by the start of the new school year in September, increasing its capacity from 210 pupils to 630 in order to meet the future demand for new school places forecast with the emerging housing growth of Houghton Regis North 1 and 2 (the Linmere Development).

As homes are still being built, current demand for school places is however consistent with previous years so existing classroom space is sufficient to accommodate all pupils.

Our Executive Member for Housing and Assets, Councillor Eugene Ghent said:

Construction of the new teaching block at Thornhill Primary School has unfortunately felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, as many building projects up and down the country are currently experiencing, due to a shortage of materials.

Fortunately, Thornhill Primary is unlikely to feel any significant impacts. The new teaching block was developed with the nearby new housing development in mind, meaning the school will still be able to expand as homes are built in what is a popular place for families to live.