Building work starts at new £2.7m school

Mayor Norma Redfearn joins pupils from Whithouse Primary School to mark the start of work on their new �2.7m school.
Mayor Norma Redfearn joins pupils from Whithouse Primary School to mark the start of work on their new �2.7m school.

Work has started on a new £2.7m primary school building.

Pupils at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields were joined by Mayor Norma Redfearn to mark the start of construction on the borough’s latest new school facility.

This is an exciting time for North Tyneside schools and our children and I am delighted to be able to mark the start of construction of this fantastic new scheme

Mayor Norma Redfearn

The development is part of a £30m investment through the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme, which also includes the transformation of John Spence High School, Marden High School and Longbenton Community College.

The new school, being built in the school’s existing grounds, will be a one-form entry school catering for 210 pupils, including a 26-place nursery.

It will also offer a community room and outdoor space, including a hard games court and playing fields.

Construction is expected to be completed by April next year to allow pupils to move into the new building at the start of the 2016 summer term.

Mrs Redfearn said: “This is an exciting time for North Tyneside schools and our children and I am delighted to be able to mark the start of construction of this fantastic new scheme.

“I am sure the children are looking forward to watching the construction of the school, being part of the history and becoming the first children to be educated in the new building.”

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “I know that this is a fantastic day for the children and school staff at Whitehouse Primary School.”

“This is one of four new schools being provided in the borough and will ensure our children have the best possible environment in which to learn, as offer fantastic new community facilities.”

The construction is being carried out by Sir Robert McAlpine.

Russell Dey, sector head for education for Sir Robert McApline, said: “The project will provide exciting opportunities for the local community in terms of improved education facilities and employment prospects and we look forward to the successful delivery of Whitehouse Primary School scheme in 2016.’’