The race to complete Phase One of Merton’s Schools Reorganisation Building Programme, is now out of the starting blocks and progressing very well.

There are 31 schools with building projects scheduled for this summer break and nearly all of them are up and running, with the remainder set to start shortly.

The building programme features a wide range of schemes including large-scale projects such as new classroom extensions at Abbotsbury, Poplar and Haslemere.

Sherwood, Merton Abbey and Morden are benefiting from more classrooms, while schools such as Joseph Hood are being only slightly altered to accommodate changes in pupil numbers and ages.

Schools are embracing the building work and many have created classroom projects and lesson themes based on the construction schemes. These include some pupils being taught about Health and Safety at work by the building companies.

The works at Poplar Primary are being filmed from start to finish and will be used by pupils for geography and science lessons as well as providing a historical record.

It is hoped the partnerships being built between the contractors and the schools will continue long after the building works are finished.

Head of Schools Reorganisation, Josephine Mahaffey, said: “It’s a great deal of hard work to co-ordinate the many aspects of the building programme for more than 30 schools but, so far, we are very pleased with the way things are going.”