To support the increased demand for primary school places within Wisbech the existing Orchards C of E Primary and Nursery School has been extended from a two- to a three-form of entry school. This equates to an increase in pupil numbers from 420 to 630. To enable this increase in pupil numbers the existing buildings have been partly refurbished and a new single storey wing of 1,176m2 has been constructed on playing fields behind the existing school.
The project has been constructed in two phases. Works to improve nursery provision at the school were completed in the summer of 2013. These works involved conversion of the existing Infant Hall and associated spaces into the new nursery. Phase 2, a new single storey wing, was completed in the Autumn of 2015. This wing contains nine classrooms for years 4–6. All new classrooms are naturally ventilated and naturally lit with the provision of dim–out blinds. They are all provided with a wet area, storage space and cloaks.
In the centre of the wing is a large top lit multi–function space. This space can accommodate all the children to be taught in the new block at one time. It has a variety of uses including assembly and break out. The extension also includes stores, a small staff office and toilets for staff and pupils.
The new classroom is linked back to the main building, via an unheated corridor link and was completed in 2015.
Additional internal refurbishments have been carried out to improve facilities at the main entrance area, including provision of an enlarged office for the head teacher, an office for the deputy head, an office for the bursar, and a meeting room for visitors. New well-being ICT and CDT classrooms are also provided.
The works have been carefully planned and phased over a period of two years in order to minimise disruption to the ongoing work of the school.