A special ceremony is to be held to mark the start of the main phase in the building of Nerrols School. On the 13th of December officials from Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane and the school’s sponsors, the Richard Huish Trust, will be invited to use a giant spanner to tighten a bolt on the steel frame of the building and to sign their names on the girders.

Our 420 pupil school is being built to meet the increasing need for primary places in north Taunton, thanks to the growth of housing and employment in the area. It will ultimately cost £7m and is due to open in September 2019 with 30 reception places and a nursery for 2 – 4 year olds. Other years will be rolled out in stages, eventually growing to 420 places.

Work began on the site in the summer, next to 260 houses being built by Barratt and David Wilson Homes and the newly named Somerset Wood – where 14,000 trees are being planted over 23 acres to form a new country park.

Mike Snowden, Nerrols School’s Executive Headteacher, said: “This is an exciting and important stage in the process, the main building work is now underway and it won’t be long before the school really starts to take shape. We are grateful to everyone in the community for their positive feedback and we aim to continue to liaise with those living nearby to ensure our new school provides the best quality education for primary aged children.”

The Chief Executive Richard Huish Trust, John Abbott, added: “We are so proud to be sponsoring this fantastic new school and to be involved in its evolution from the ground up. The classrooms and facilities are being constructed using the latest research into the best way to ensure children are happy and stimulated at this important stage of their learning. Our emphasis will on enriching all that a primary education has to offer; whilst taking advantage of the fantastic rural setting, close to the vibrant town of Taunton.”

Applications are open now for parents to apply for places for their child, which will close on 15th January, the form can be found on the website www.nerrolsprimary.co.uk 

Nerrols School is a 14 classroom development being being built on a 2.7 acre site, which will include a 3G sports pitch, hard and soft play areas and parking for staff and visitors. It will have two 30 child forms in each of its seven year groups, along with a 26 place ground floor nursery. Also on the ground floor will be pupils up to Year 2, a library, group working rooms, the main hall, kitchen, stores and office and meeting space.  A further eight classrooms for older pupils on the first floor, along with a small hall, a staff room, food science facility, group working room and stores, would be accessible by a lift on the first floor.