Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Children and staff have been enjoying their new facilities since moving in to the recently built Weeton Primary School.
The new school has been built on land bought by the county council from the Ministry of Defence, on Minden Road, on the Weeton Barracks army site. It has replaced the former school that was outdated.
This work has being completed thanks to an investment of around £4.2m by Lancashire County Council.
The new school building was designed in-house by Lancashire County Council's design and construction service.
Numbers of pupils who can be admitted to the new school has now increased to 210, from 160 previously. A large proportion of the children at the school are usually from serving army families.
The new single-storey building has seven classrooms, a library, a 'rainbow room' for children who need extra support, and a sports hall. An all-weather sports area has also being installed.
County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "I'm delighted that we've been able to provide this new school. The quality of the facilities are excellent.
"We needed a bigger school to meet additional demand for places now and in the future. It's great that we've been able to offer extra places in a modern building. I'm sure that it will provide a superb learning environment for the children, supporting armed forces families in particular."
"Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in this."
Anthony Goth, headteacher of Weeton Primary School, said: "The new school has made such a huge difference to what we can offer to pupils, parents and the community.
"Teaching is now more individual to each pupil's needs and their learning environment has been improved because of the increased space we now enjoy.
"We are looking forward to the excellent facilities created by our new building and space being enjoyed by many pupils and the local community for years to come.
"The children are really excited."
Colonel Phil Harrison, Commander of the Army’s HQ in the North West, added: “The majority of pupils at the school are from military families and so we’re delighted to see the new premises next door to the barracks. It’s fitting that Weeton Primary School, an Ofsted-ranked ‘Outstanding’ school, now has a building to match the high quality of its teaching.”
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