Buy-a-brick scheme to help fund new Hartlepool school

Amanda Baines Headteacher at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School, one of the bricks that can be bought.
Amanda Baines Headteacher at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School, one of the bricks that can be bought.
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SUPPORTERS of a new school building can cement their place in its future as part of a £55,000 fundraising appeal.

Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, in Seaton Carew, will move into a new building later this year.

The Bricks that can be bought at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School.

The Bricks that can be bought at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School.

It is one of three Hartlepool schools that are being re-built as part of a Government £19m Priority Schools Building Programme.

Despite looking forward to a modern building with top facilities, staff and parents at Holy Trinity still need to raise the huge amount to pay towards their new fixtures and fittings.

To help raise the money, supporters, including former pupils, are being invited to buy a brick with their name on it which will form part of a wall of the new school building.

Headteacher Amanda Baines said: “Unfortunately, the building programme does not fund anything inside.

It has a buff-coloured cross surrounded by red bricks. A lot of staff and parents have already bought one and we have raised about £2,000 so far.

“We need new whiteboards for all classrooms and the hall, a lot of our furniture is bespoke and won’t transfer across.

“Altogether, it comes to about £55,000.

“The Parent Teacher Association have been fantastic and have designed a wall as you come up to the main entrance.

“It has a buff-coloured cross surrounded by red bricks. A lot of staff and parents have already bought one and we have raised about £2,000 so far.

Amanda Baines Headteacher at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School, two of the bricks that can be bought. Picture by FRANK REID

Amanda Baines Headteacher at Seaton Carew Holy Trinity Primary School, two of the bricks that can be bought. Picture by FRANK REID

“We are also looking to widen the campaign to encourage ex-pupils to buy a brick and say ‘this is when came to school’.”

Work on the new building is well under way. It has been designed to reflect Holy Trinity’s Christian ethos, meet the curriculum needs and create a welcoming and stimulating environment for pupils.

It will also include a new 26-place nursery for three to five-year-olds.

Mrs Baines added: “It has been amazing the speed the new building has gone up. We are due to get the keys on August 10 and be in for September 1.”

Phase two of the project will see the demolition of the existing building in Crawford Street, parts of which are over 150 years old.

A multi-use games area, staff parking and outdoor play areas will go up in its place.

It costs £25 to have a brick with your name on in the wall, of which £10 goes straight to the appeal.

Visit the school to get more details and complete the paperwork.