Osborne Progresses Well at Hampshire School

Osborne is a year into the £5.6 million expansion project at Crescent Primary School, Eastleigh in Hampshire, which will provide the school with an additional 210 places when it’s completed next summer.

Parents and children were treated to a ‘building site tour’ earlier this month, which was an opportunity to get up close to the expansion project and see how much progress has been made.

Ben Dixon, Headteacher at The Crescent Primary school said, “We are very excited at the prospect of using the new facilities as a result of the building expansion. The school has built a really good working partnership with Osborne, who has been great to work with. The process has been very positive. Every opportunity has been created to ensure that the expansion will provide the best facilities for our growing school. This has been based on good communication and a shared desire to create an excellent end product. Our children are very excited about the build and have enjoyed the tours and the opportunities to learn about building sites and construction.”  

Through CoTrain, Osborne has apprenticeships embedded into the education basic needs schools programme. Craig Caplen, Site Support Assistant who joined Osborne from Co-train and is on the apprenticeship scheme said, “Since I have been at Osborne and working at Crescent School, I have become more confident in myself in being able to talk to people with lots of experience, and felt able to ask a lot of questions.”

Once complete, the school will have seven new classrooms, a new main hall with kitchen and server, new toilets, new entrance space and improved staff areas. The larger main hall will enable the school to play a wider range of sports and the design of the new facilities will enable community use out of school hours.