New school building approved

Whitehouse Primary School, North Shields.'REF 1103159291

Whitehouse Primary School, North Shields.'REF 1103159291

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Plans for a new school in North Shields have been given the green light.

Proposals for the building for Whitehouse Primary School, in Whitehouse Lane, were backed by North Tyneside Council’s planning committee on Tuesday evening.

This is extremely positive news and something that our dedicated and hardworking students, their teachers and communities really deserve.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning

The plans are part of a £30m programme to replace four borough schools, which also include John Spence High, Marden High and Longbenton Community College.

The schools are being constructed as part of the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP), which aims to rebuild schools across the country that have the greatest need.

The proposals will see the new 210-place school, plus nursery, built on the south east corner of the existing site, allowing the current building to remain open before it is demolished.

Work will also see new play areas constructed.

Concerns had been raised about the impact of the new building on the surrounding area and residents.

But a report to the committee said: “The design of the proposed school is simple but contemporary and has been designed to meet the Priority Schools Building Programme standards.”

The new building – scheduled to open in 2016-17 – will be two storeys and be on a smaller footprint.

Speaking on the funding approval last November, Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “This is extremely positive news and something that our dedicated and hardworking students, their teachers and communities really deserve.”

“Although these four schools are well cared for, it’s fair to say that they are now past their best and the rebuilds are necessary to ensure that our education system provides young people with the learning opportunities that will help to equip them with life and work in the 21st century.”