Barnard Grove school expands for big revamp

Lee Walker head of Barnard Grove Primary School
Lee Walker head of Barnard Grove Primary School

FUNDING has been agreed to increase the number of places at a Hartlepool primary school as part of multi-million refurbishment plans.

Barnard Grove Primary School is the first of three town schools being revamped under the Department for Education’s Priority Schools Building Programme.

Barnard Grove had applied to project bosses for a 300 place school.

But it will now have room for 315 children to take account of housing growth in the area.

A report by Dean Jackson, the council’s assistant director of child and adult services, said: “The application was submitted in October 2011 at a time when the housing development in the north of the town was still being assessed.

“However, having considered the pupil projection figures for future years and having reviewed the current housing developments in the northern area of the town, it is recommended that this number is increased to 315 places.”

Funding of £86,784 for the additional places was agreed by the council’s Children’s Services Committee.

It will be met from the council’s Basic Need Funding Allocation fund with the school paying 10 per cent.