Warden Hill Primary School Cheltenham

Building Work Update


The scaffolders and bricklayers have made good progress, the painters have progressed further with the RIW. Next week will see us begin the intumescent paint of the steels, commence fire encasement around the steels and install the stone cills.


The blockwork and Bradstone has progressed up to and beyond the first-floor level on the main block and the masonry is up to eaves level on the field facing lower roof area. The masonry to the admin, plant room and hall area is constructed up to the first lift.  The optima lintels have been installed above the Ground floor windows.

Moving into the next two weeks we will be continuing with the masonry works up to roof level on the main block, the scaffolding will progress, the steel erectors will be installing steels at first floor level and around the hall parapet. The SFS systems to the first-floor main block and around the hall parapets will continue. The windows will be delivered and the steel fire protection works will commence.


We have poured the concrete to the first-floor slab, installed the first lift of scaffold around the two-story section of the building.

The blockwork and the bradstone is continuing to progress. Next week will see us continue with the masonry, continue the scaffold installation, and begin intumescent painting to the steels.


We have installed the first-floor metal decking, began installing the roof sheets and preparing for the top sheets. The blockwork is progressing, and we have also commenced the bradstone to the main block. Next week will see us lay the reinforcements to the first floor and pour the concrete, as well as continue the first lift of scaffolding.


This week we have installed the pre-cast concrete stairs, the roofing edge protection, netting, and commenced brickwork. Next week will see us continue masonry and commence the first-floor concrete deck along with the high-level roofing.


Bird’s eye view of the building work progress



We have completed the installation of the steel frame. Next week will see us install the stairs, begin blackjacking the steels and brickwork will commence.


This week we have completed the installation of the pre-cast concrete planks and began concreting around the bolt boxes. Next week will see us begin installing the steel frame.


This week we have completed the stormwater drainage. We have also installed a temporary ramp to the infant School and extended the artificial grass area as well as completing the substructure masonry. Next week will see us install the precast concrete planks and continue with the foul drainage.


This week we have continued putting in the drainage, completed the foundation pour, and commenced the substructure masonry.

Next week will see us continue the substructure masonry and continue putting in the drainage in preparation for the concrete planks the following week.



Building Work Schedule:


  • Concrete delivery for foundations.
  • Masonry (Block) deliveries commence


  • w/c 31st Jan Precast ground floor installation commences
  • w/c 14th February – Steel frame installation commences.


  • Installation of first floor metal deck flooring.
  • Concrete topping of the first floor
  • Masonry works ongoing


  • Masonry works and deliveries ongoing.
  • Roofing deliveries and installation commence – approx.




The new school will replace the existing building at the Cheltenham school with work starting on Monday, 22 November.

The ceremony, on Thursday, 11 November, was attended by Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills at Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr Emma Nelson, representatives of Warden Hill Primary School and the Gloucestershire County Council framework contractors, E G Carter & Co Ltd who are delivering the new school.

Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

Ice Cream Fridays are back! Every Friday after school. Click here for more info on how to get your ice-cream tokens.

Warden Hill at the Cheltenham Science Festival

The Science for Schools programme at Cheltenham Science Festival  encourages children and young people to explore and question the world around them through spectacular science shows, hands-on workshops and interactive zones.

Ice Cream Fridays

Ice Cream Fridays are back! Every Friday after school. Click here for more info on how to get your ice-cream tokens.

Steel Signing Ceremony


New School is marked with a Steel Signing event as construction gets underway

On Wednesday 23rd March E G Carter & Co Ltd were joined by representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, Roberts Limbrick Architects and members of staff of Warden Hill Primary School as each child penned a message onto the steel frame of their new school.

The event gave a chance for every child, teacher, governor and member of the design & construction team to write a heartfelt message that will forever sit on the roof of the new steel frame.

Thomas Jones, Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd said “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this significant milestone at Warden Hill Primary School, Cheltenham. To see the steel frame erected is very exciting, as we can all now see the building start to take shape. This event is a great way to acknowledge this phase of the project.”

Marketing Manager, Alexandra Dawkins from Roberts Limbrick said “It was fantastic to see both pupils and staff so engaged with the new school which is quickly taking shape. Signing the steelwork is a great way for the children to make their mark on the new building. We couldn’t resist joining in and signing a beam too!”

The new school on Durham Close is due to complete in December 2022 and will allow the school to have a more spacious and modern facility for their children.

Writing Competition

Skandar Writing Competition by Waterstones Cheltenham

Win a chance to meet AF Steadman here in store on Friday 29th April at 4.00pm and have a signed exclusive edition of her fantastic début novel!

“Thirteen-year-old Skandar Smith has only ever wanted to be a unicorn rider. To be one of the lucky few selected to hatch a unicorn. To bond with it for life; to train together and race for glory; to be a hero……”

Write a story based on the description above in less than 500 words, put your name on the form hand in to a bookseller.

Winner will be announced in store and on Instagram on Monday 25th April…so get writing!

April Newsletter

Jumbo edition of the latest newsletter covers the exciting events of the Spring Term at Warden Hill. 

  • World Book Day
  • Red Nose Day
  • Forest School
  • Towers and Turrets Day in Reception
  • Chick hatching
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Revered Gary’s visit
  • Science in Year 5
  • Update from Eco Warriors
  • Sports Update
  • and House Competition Winners


Are you ready for the Summer Term?

Football Focus

On Friday the 25th March, Warden Hill took a Year 5 and Year 6 team to the B Team Tournament at St Edward’s Prep School. It was a brilliant and very enjoyable afternoon played in the glorious sunshine. The children were a credit to our school and demonstrated the Warden Hill Way.
Both teams played three matches and the afternoon ended with a Warden Hill derby. The derby game was decided by a single goal, 2-1 to Year 5.
There was an exhilarating second half comeback by Year 6 after Mr Herbert’s inspirational team talk. This was orchestrated by Reuben and Leo, who overloaded the right hand side, which created lots of goal scoring opportunities. Jack M, in the Year 5, made a fantastic stop as Year 6 rushed through on goal and by the end of the game, Year 5 were hanging on.
The star performers for Year 5 were Jasper and Jack C.

It was a brilliant way to end the football season.
Thank you parents for the support.

Our girls’ football team have been exemplary role models this year. Having had such a fantastic turn out of footballers at club before Christmas, we managed to include all of these girls into a rotation system to play our four league fixtures in the spring term. We have since added yet more girls to the club – it has been wonderful to see how keen everyone has been to play.
Each player was selected for three of the four fixtures against St Marks, Swindon Village, Charlton Kings and Holy Apostles. This has given everyone the opportunity to have plenty of competitive time on the pitch, where we have learnt to be as competitive in matches as we always are with eachother in training! Having played against some very skilled teams, we’ve scored a couple of goals courtesy of Evie and Ellie and Mr Williams, Miss Cupper and parents alike have noted how much more organised the team have looked and how much more confident we have become facing tough opposition. Well done on always doing Warden Hill proud, girls!

Forest School

It has been lovely being up in Forest School with 2T and 1B over recent weeks. It is always such a privilege to observe the different ways in which they learn and play. Some children naturally work together as teams to build camps or make wonderful creations in the mud kitchen, whilst others chose to work by themselves to achieve their own goals. I have been so impressed by their engagement with the idea of land art producing wonderfully creative outcomes, and whilst some children continue to work on their art all afternoon, others are straight up the nearest tree or digging for treasure or worms in the free play part of the session. So often more is less in Forest School and it is fascinating watching them learn so much playing with a few pegs, a trowel, a litter picker or one of our soft toys or dinosaurs.

On that note, if anyone has any dinosaurs their children no longer play with, or soft toys animals (only those specifically found in forest school i.e. deer, fox, rabbit, mouse, rat, badger, owl, robin, mole), I would always be happy to give them a home.

Mrs Chavasse

The Wombles of Warden Hill

Last year’s Eco Warriors supported the Warden Hill Wombles scheme, initiated by one of now ex pupils Molly, to encourage our community to get involved with picking up litter during the holidays and weekends. We would like to encourage our community once again to pick up litter and become a Warden Hill Womble!