Investment to mark 100th anniversary

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A Whitley Bay school is undergoing a major refurbishment as it prepares to mark a milestone occasion.

Scaffolding surrounds Marden Bridge Middle School as work takes place to improve the appearance and facilities as the building heads into its centenary year.

North Tyneside Council has invested more than £100,000 in the building this summer while school staff have been planning activities to mark the 100 years, which will be announced soon.

Headteacher John Newport said: “The school building has a great deal of historical value to the community and from the outside looks extremely grand.

“Over recent years the inside of the building has looked a little tired and now we are working hard to readdress this to give the children a place they can be really proud of.

“We have an 18-month rolling programme which has begun by replacing lintels and flooring. Our corridors are in the process of being re-plastered with a new colour scheme to be chosen by staff and pupils.

“We have also spent £60,000 on new girls and boys toilets. The school council played an active role in deciding how these would look.”