Ribbon Cutting at Somerton School

Yesterday the new King Ina Academy School was officially opened by Bishop Ruth, Suffragan Bishop of Taunton. The new school can accommodate up to 420 pupils and 52 early years children.

It has 14 classrooms, a pre-school, a school hall, a production kitchen, sports pitches and a multi-use games area. It should of course have been delivered much earlier, but the delay was for the best of reasons. While digging the foundations for the school archaeological remains were found. Dating back to the Romano British period 59 graves, a corn drier and the remains of a Roman villa were found. In addition the team from Wessex Archaeology found the remains of Iron Age huts too. Archaeologist Steve Membury told The Leveller®: “I think the Roman site is located on an existing Iron Age settlement that was there because of good pasture and access to wetlands. We have carried out some excavations in Somerton centre but there is no evidence of Roman activity.

It is disappointing that the school builders did not incorporate some form of viewing platform into the build. Even so, the children of Somerton now have a fine new school to enjoy.

No such occasion would be complete without a ribbon cutting and Bishop Ruth did the honours. She was then joined by several pupils and dignitaries on the school field to plant a new tree. This was gifted by Bishop Ruth as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative for the Platinum Jubilee. 

There’ll be a full report in the October edition of The Leveller ®

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