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News: Facelift For Skerton Primary

Tuesday, 16th March 2004
(PR 1178)

Pupils and staff are celebrating after their school received a £250,000 facelift.

Skerton Primary School's junior school building has been extended with a brand new entrance and foyer, staff room and office space.

Before the building work, which took 10 months to complete, it was difficult for visitors to find the main foyer and there was no obvious entrance for either the junior or infant schools.

The changes mean the infant and junior pupils can now be taught on one site and the old infant building will be put to good use.

Work is due to start after the Easter break on the infant block to increase provision for adult college courses in partnership with the Adult College in Lancaster.

A room will be provided for Lancashire County Council's Traveller Education Service as one fifth of the school's population are from travellers' families, early years provision will be increased and space will be created for the County Council's Lancashire Education Medical Service (LEMS) which helps out pupils with health issues who cannot be taught in mainstream school.

The school, which is in Mainway, already works closely with the Adult College and provided family literacy and numeracy courses last year for parents which proved so successful that some of the parents now help out at the school.

The County Counci joined forces with the school to provide the funding for the recent building work.

Changes to the infant building are expected to be completed by next year.

The school held a special event to celebrate the completion of the first round of changes.

Lancashire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education, CC Alan Whittaker, attended the event and enjoyed a guided tour of the school courtesy of pupils who sit on the school council.

He said:

"The changes to the school are fantastic and I look forward to returning next year to see the next round of building work completed.

"The partnership work with the adult college is a good example of how Lancashire schools are leading the way in working with the whole community and every age group."

Headteacher, Jonathan Fish, said:

"I am delighted with the building work as it puts the school so clearly on the map and shows just how important education is to us.

"It was difficult in the past as some people didn't even realise we were a school, but we've now got a very clear entrance and it's easy for visitors to know where they should go.

"My staff, pupils and the parents have all been incredibly patient while the building work was being completed, but I know everyone is delighted to finally be in the same building."

For further information please contact: Jane Bullock on 01772 533521

jane.bullock@css.lancscc.gov.uk

 

 


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