Funding agreed for new nursery places at Holy Trinity

COUNCIL funding has been agreed for new nursery places at a primary school that is to be rebuilt.

Holy Trinity CofE Primary School in Seaton Carew is one of three Hartlepool schools set to benefit from the Government’s multi-million pound Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

But the funding from central Government did not cover nursery school provision.

Hartlepool Borough Council has agreed to pledge £189,000 from the sale of land off Elizabeth Way to fund 26 nursery places at Holy Trinity if Seaton Carew Nursery School closes.

The council is selling off the land for 35 new Dunelm Homes houses on the site which currently houses the sports hall, youth centre and caretaker’s house.

The council is also proposing to close Seaton Carew Nursery, in Brompton Walk, and merge it on the same site as Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Crawford Street.

It was announced in May that Holy Trinity along with Manor College of Technology and Barnard Grove Primary School had been successful in the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

It means £19m will be spent on rebuilding or upgrading them.

The Education Funding Agency carried out feasibility studies on each of the three schools over the summer and plan to appoint a contractor on October 9.

A report by Dean Jackson, assistant director of child and adult services, said: “The original application to the EFA for a new build of Holy Trinity CE Primary School did not include nursery provision and was therefore not included in the funding allocation, as it was not envisaged at that stage that the nursery provision would be relocated.”

The governing body of Holy Trinity has agreed to pay 10 per cent, £21,000 towards the nursery places.