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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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New build bid to create ‘ultra modern’ Barrow primary

A FURNESS primary school is set to be demolished and replaced by a multi-million pound new build on the same site.

Proposals for the future of St James’ CE Junior School have been submitted to Barrow Borough Council planners.

The church school, in Blake Street, Barrow, is run through the Diocese of Carlisle. The diocese was successful in a bid for government funding in 2012 through the Priority School Building Programme.

The Education Funding Agency and Carillion have applied for planning permission to demolish the existing Victorian building and construct a modern new one on the opposite side of the school site.

A multi use games area, playground and car park are to go where the building now stands.

A new build was originally hoped to be ready for September this year, but it is now expected to be in use in 2015. The plan is for the school community to use the existing building while the new one is constructed in units off site and brought to Blake Street.

The old building will later be knocked down. During the work pupils will use the Hindpool MUGA for their outdoor sports and play.

The old building has undergone repairs and there are ongoing maintenance issues.

The school community says the building has served Hindpool well for more than 100 years but the seven to 11-year-olds now need a building for the future.

Chairman of governors, Dave Pidduck, said: “We have to provide the very best for the children. It’s a very exciting time for them.

“We will have more classroom space and better facilities. It will be an ultra modern school.”

Headteacher Angela Rawlinson said: “The old school has served everyone in Hindpool very well. We are thrilled about a new school. It is what the children of Hindpool deserve.”

The Diocese of Carlisle said it is does not yet know exactly how much funding the project is worth. The Department for Education said eight successful schools in the North West are to share £47m. Planning documents say there will be Reception and nursery provision, but the school says this is an error.

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