Education say if the application is approved, the work will be undertaken in four phases over two years.
The project involves upgrading all facilities – while retaining the historic buildings – creating larger classrooms and new connecting corridors. Once the project is completed Education plans to
open a nursery class.
Assistant Education Minister Anne Pryke said: ‘St Mary’s is a popular school but the building has evolved and it’s somewhat disjointed internally. The children and teachers need a coherent building that’s fit for a modern-day education and opens up new learning opportunities. This is a very important investment for the families of the parish.’
The oldest part of St Mary’s School was built in 1901. It has been enlarged gradually over a number of years, with rooms added in 1929 and the 1950s.
As part of the redevelopment, Education says it wants to work with existing pre-school groups in the parish to meet the wider childcare and education needs of parish families.
Constable Juliette Gallichan said: ‘I am excited about the opportunity to develop the existing services with the Kids’ Club and Silverstar. All parties are committed to working together for the benefit of our children.’
The parish also hopes that when the project is completed, it will enhance the services provided by St Mary’s Youth and Community Centre which is located behind the parish hall and school.
Run by volunteers it issued for parish events, sporting and leisure activities and youth groups
The redevelopment plans have been drawn up by the Jersey Property Holdings architecture team, which is part of the Infrastructure Department.
Head teacher Maria Stegenwalner said: ‘This is a wonderful school that’s very much at the heart of the parish community but the buildings are long overdue for an upgrade. If you compare it to other country primary schools some of our facilities are outdated but this redesign will prepare us for our next 100 years.’