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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Excitement builds as new Barrow school is backed

A BARROW primary school building is to be demolished and replaced by a multi-million pound new school.

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first class St James’ CE Junior School in Barrow, left, will be replaced by a purpose-built new building, above, which will include modern features such as a multi-function arts room

Plans have been approved to allow the St James’ CE Junior School, in Barrow, to create a state-of-the-art new school at its site in Blake Street, then later knock down its Victorian building.

The Diocese of Carlisle secured government funding in 2012 through the Priority School Building Programme to spend on the Barrow CE school.

The Education Funding Agency and Carillion have been successful in their application to Barrow Borough Council planners.

Work should start on the modular building in July. It will be built on a section of the playground. During this time the pupils will use the Hindpool MUGA for their sports and play activities.

The school community is due to move out of their present building and into the new school in early 2015.

The old building will then be knocked down and the space will be made into a multi-use games area, playground and car park.

The Victorian school has undergone repairs and the school has had ongoing maintenance issues. The new school will have modern features such as a multi-function arts room.

Chairman of the governors, Dave Pidduck, said the school community wanted to provide the very best for its children.

He said: “It is very exciting for the children. They will have a state-of-the-art school. This is great for the children and staff, and Hindpool.

“Lots of people in Hindpool have gone to St James’ School, myself and my family included, so it will also be sad to see the old building go.”

St James’ CE Junior School is one of eight successful schools in the North West who are to share £47m for building works.

Have your say

Excitement builds.......and yet another tin and concrete shed is erected and another iconic Barrow building is destroyed yet again. It's a wonder we have any old buildings left.

Posted by Nigel F on 15 April 2014 at 21:06

Some people need to stop living in the past the new school will look modern and new and better suited to the pupils needs in a modern world. Just like Furness college, the new academy and Vickerstown.

Posted by Mark on 15 April 2014 at 14:01

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