Sod cutting marks start of Newton Leys school build

Sod Cutting on Site Of Newton Leys Primary School with Reps from Taylor Wimpey, Wilmot Dixon, Local Council and parents and future pupils.
Sod Cutting on Site Of Newton Leys Primary School with Reps from Taylor Wimpey, Wilmot Dixon, Local Council and parents and future pupils.

A sod cutting to officially mark the start of the Newton Leys Primary School build took place on August 14.

Due to open its doors in September 2016, the purpose-built three-form entry school will provide an additional 669 school places, ensuring the needs of the new community in Newton Leys is met. 

Cllr Norman Miles said: “I was delighted to see the building of this school get officially underway.

“We are committed to providing every child in Milton Keynes with a good local school place and this school will certainly contribute to that wider aim.”

The Newton Leys school build is part of the council’s ambitious £160M programme which will see the creation of seven brand new schools and the expansion of 12 more, eventually creating more than 10,000 school places in Milton Keynes and cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the fastest school builders in the country.

The sod cutting ceremony began with an introduction from school governors and Willmott Dixon followed by Cllr Norman Miles, Lead Member for Children and Lifelong Learning cutting the sod.

This was followed by an ‘open hour’ at the local community centre where local residents could view the school plans and talk to governors about the school.

Peter Owen, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon, said: We are pleased to be involved with this project.

“Through it, we plan to conduct careers workshops with young people from local schools and colleges. We are also committed to using local resources in the way of materials and labour.”

Gareth Jacob, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “It was a great privilege to be part of this very special occasion to mark the beginning of works to provide a brand new primary school for Newton Leys. “Every new home we build is part of a community, and by providing land and funding for this new school we are reaffirming our commitment to creating a flourishing community at Newton Leys which offers new jobs, excellent education opportunities – and of course a fantastic place to live.”