(Above) Councillor Zoe Nolan with Vikki Pegg, Headteacher at Watling Primary School
Construction on Watling Primary School continues and with the roof now completed, work is underway on a modern interior including a large activity hall, 18 classrooms and open plan indoor and outdoor spaces for children in Early Years and Primary.
The new school is located near Calverton Lane and is the third new primary school in the Western Expansion Area of Milton Keynes, where thousands of new homes are being built. It is expected to open in September 2023 and will cater for up to 630 pupils. The development includes community sports facilities plus provision for a 39-place full-time equivalent (FTE) nursery.
Constructed by Willmott Dixon, Watling Primary has a range of features that will reduce the building’s reliance on fossil fuels and save the school money. This includes intelligent heating controls that react to weather patterns, solar panels and air source heat pumps which absorb energy from the outside air. The school’s layout also means it will receive maximum benefit from natural daylight, reducing the need for lights to stay on all day.
Since 2014, the City Council has created capacity for more than 13,600 additional local children; building seven new schools and helping 27 existing schools expand.
Alongside developing new greener schools, MK City Council is committed to maintaining and improving existing schools. A rolling programme of work includes upgrading roofs, windows, and doors to be more energy efficient, switching to LED light fittings, and replacing gas boilers with greener alternatives.
MK based Denbigh Alliance Multi Academy Trust will run the new school. The trust also runs the nearby secondary school (Watling Academy) which opened in September 2020 along with Denbigh School, located in Shenley Church End.