Bishop of Durham will open new £2.5million Hartlepool school

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler.
The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler.

The Bishop of Durham will be in the town to officially open a new £2.5million primary school.

The Right Rev Paul Butler will perform the plaque unveiling ceremony at Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School in Crawford Street, Seaton Carew, on Tuesday.

Delivered through the Government’s £4.4bn Priority School Building Programme, the 1,300 sq metre single storey building will house 210 primary pupils as well as having 26 full-time nursery places.

It has been built on the site of the original school building, which dated back to the 1920s and was demolished.

The new building means staff and youngsters will no longer have to walk through the school hall if they want to go to a different side of the school.

As well as classrooms there are extra rooms for youngsters to work in small groups, a learning resource area, a kitchen for food technology lessons and a separate Early Years area for the first time.

The furniture has been specially designed to the school’s specification by Hartlepool company Optimum and the heating and lighting is energy efficient.

There are also separate play areas for the nursery and reception children and the old school’s memorial garden has been retained.

Although the majority of the funding was from the Government, Hartlepool Borough Council provided £159,000 for the nursery provision and £17,000 came from the school and Diocese of Durham.

Bishop Paul said: “I am delighted to have been asked to open this building and to formally recognise its new beginning.

“We are very proud of the work done in our church schools across the diocese where daily we educate more than 14,000 children.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the new building and meeting some of the children and the staff and others involved in making this new facility a reality.”

Headteacher Amanda Baines, said: “Parts of the old school were built as early as 1925 and were in constant need of repair, so to have a new state-of-the-art school and nursery is wonderful.

“We now have a building which is fit for purpose, reflects our distinct Christian ethos, meets our curriculum needs and creates a welcoming and stimulating learning environment.

“Our thanks go to everyone who played a part in making this possible.”

Parents of current pupils have already had an opportunity to view the new building.

And, a drop–in event for ex-pupils and other members of the community to take a look around the new school building will be held on Monday, December 14, from 4pm to 6pm.