Somerset school bells ring out for first time in 20 years

Credit: The Priory Learning Trust

Pupils at a Somerset school have been welcomed back by bells for the first time in two decades.

West Huntspill Primary Academy and East Huntspill Primary Academy in Somerset have undertaken a summer restoration project which saw 30 hours of hand polishing on the East Bell – and a new West Bell which was bought on the internet.

Experts also carried out work to make sure the canopy is safe and ensure the mechanisms work efficiently.

Credit: The Priory Learning Trust

The project took around 10 days with staff from across The Priory Learning Trust lending a hand.

Principal Steve Davis said: "We are really delighted to have the bells back and working. It was great to try it out with the children. They are really excited to hear it every day. It is part of the history of the school community."

Neville Coles, CEO of TPLT, said: "After outstanding work by our teams we are delighted that pupils, parents, carers, staff and the whole area will be able to celebrate coming back to school with the ringing of school bells.

"Both these schools are wonderful communities and it is a pleasure to have them as part of our TPLT family."