December 1, 2016 - News
On the 24th November Lancaster Road Primary was officially opened.
But before the curtains were officially opened on the plaque dedicated to the building, children from the school dressed in 1940s costumes performed a number of wartime songs, including Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll meet again.’ Children from another class read from a special poster which detailed what pupils liked about the new building.
As well as holding six classrooms, the single story building includes a multi-use sports hall, group/interview rooms, a new entrance and a staff room. The extension will result in the capacity at the school increasing from 420 to 630 pupils by the 2020/2021 academic year.
Paul Gabriel, Headteacher said:
I’m relieved, it’s been a long time, over two years construction. The children and staff have been brilliant. We couldn’t have done it better without the support of both Conlon, Lancashire County Council and their Property Group. The children have been fabulous, for six weeks at the beginning of term, four of the classrooms in the old building were closed, so that meant they didn’t have a classroom to go back to. Staff were worried that the family atmosphere would be lost at the school because of the growth, but that is what we are taking forward, that is what we are. The classes aren’t any bigger, but what we have is more room. It’s fantastic.
Guy Parker, Managing Director said:
What our team and supply chain have achieved on this project is outstanding. The working relationship with the school that has been developed has made the project a huge success. It is great to see all the school children using the new space and hopefully this will improve their future learning environment.
Pictured some of the school children with Shaun Smith, Anthony Price and Guy Parker, Conlon Team, Paul Gabriel, Headteacher, Janice Hanson, Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Mr. Toulmin, Chair of Governors and Nikki Hennessy, County Councillor and Lead Member for Schools.