Primary schools in Hartlepool to share almost £200,000 for improvements

West View Primary headteacher Andy Brown with early years children  (left to right) Ruth Hinshaw, Tyler Stead, Jaxon Rowntree, Destiny Angel Turner and Jacob Fielding
West View Primary headteacher Andy Brown with early years children (left to right) Ruth Hinshaw, Tyler Stead, Jaxon Rowntree, Destiny Angel Turner and Jacob Fielding

DELIGHTED teachers and pupils are celebrating after the council agreed to provide almost £200,000 worth of funding towards two major projects.

West View Primary School, in Davison Drive, Hartlepool, has been granted £147,792 towards improvements to the early years foundation stage at the school while Rift House Primary School, in Masefield Road, has been awarded £45,845 which will go towards an outside area in the foundation stage.

School staff say they are delighted with the decision of Hartlepool Borough Council’s children’s services committee.

The West View scheme is to relocate the children’s centre and community facility to another area of the school to free up that space for two-year-old provision.

The school has already piloted an Ofsted Registered scheme, which allows children from the age of two years to access fifteen hours per week of flexible entitlement and from September that provision will be statutory.

But the space currently used for the two-year-old pilot has no natural light or ventilation.

Andy Brown, headteacher at West View Primary School, said: “This is excellent news.

“The scheme will help increase our capacity for early years foundation stage and it is great that the local authority is supporting our school in this way.”

Meanwhile, the Rift House scheme will see the school develop a “semi-enclosed garden space to create an outside learning space” suitable for the needs of the foundation stage children to support the development of outdoor learning.

The current space does not meet the children’s needs and the proposals include a learning area, wildlife garden, den building structures and all-weather soft play surfacing to replace grass.

In January, all community, foundation and special schools were asked to submit expressions of interest for innovative schemes which would “create the opportunity” to raise achievement by tackling existing deficiencies in either the school premises and or its infrastructure.

Eight expressions of interest were received and those were then whittled down.

The scheme at West View Primary School will cost a total of £185,308, with £147,792 coming from the council and the rest from the school and other contributions.

Rift House School will be contributing £10,000 to the total £55,845 cost of their scheme.

The schemes are being funded from the council’s school’s capital works programme.

A third application to create a school forest at Rossmere Primary School was deferred until the next meeting because committee members wanted more information about the proposals.