Despite it being the first day of the summer holidays, Solihull pupils put their uniforms back on to help with their school’s £2.6 million regeneration scheme.
Under the guidance of site manager Kevin Hudson, of construction company Stepnell Limited, they dug the first footings on the site of Eversfield Preparatory School’s new Sports and Performing Arts Centre.
The project was granted planning permission in April, 2012, and the building is due to be completed in June, 2015, allowing pupils to use the new facilities before the end of the academic year.
Students Alexander Robinson and Emily Tran, donning hard hats and high visual jackets, were given permission to dig up the existing playing field.
Headmaster Robert Yates said: “To be a prep school with such outstanding facilities at our finger tips will provide the best platform for discovering and nurturing our pupils’ talents.
“I know the children are eagerly anticipating our first indoor swimming sports next year and we have been most fortunate to have the support of parents, alumni and friends of the school in fundraising for a covered pool.
“Our sports department has been aiming high and has produced some excellent wins at home and away over the last year.”