Public Invited To View New School

Most of the people who looked around the new school yesterday were impressed with what they saw, according to one of the men driving the project.

Just a small part of the 3300 square metre site was open for the viewing last night, during which islanders had a chance to walk around the library and cafe area, visit a sample classroom and see how the development is centred on a cloister layout.

Phil Osmond of Mace Construction says locals who attended the open day commented on the airy, open spaces and the level of natural light, encouraged by the use of glazing and high ceilings.

He says white will be the predominant colour in the café and library areas with some feature walls picked out in stronger colours.

Every classroom has it’s own external access and outside space, enclosed by a hedge which could be used for outdoor lessons.

The two main external play areas are also being laid – a multiuse games area with an Astroturf surface and a netball or volleyball court with a rubber-type surface.

Phil says one of the biggest issues for locals was how the building would sit within the landscape and he thinks the finished building has achieved a good balance.