Primary school looks to extend as part of multi-million pound regeneration plans

Lee Walker head of barnard grove school
Lee Walker head of barnard grove school

A PRIMARY school set for a complete refurbishment as part of multi-million pound regeneration plans is also looking to increase the number of pupils it can cater for.

Barnard Grove Primary School, in Hartlepool, is one of three schools being revamped under the Priority Schools Building Programme alongside Holy Trinity Primary School and Manor College of Technology.

As part of the plans, bosses at Barnard Grove want to increase the places at the school from 300 to 315.

The secondary school and primary schools are expected to receive around £19m between them in Government grant and the first school re-built as early as 2015.

A report by Dean Jackson, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director of education, said Barnard Grove’s original application was for a 300 place school.

But after considering pupil projection figures and current housing developments, it is recommended the number is increased to 315.

Any funding for additional provision would need to be secured by the council in partnership with the school and the estimated cost of an extra 15 places is £86,784, but there is funding available through the Basic Need Funding Allocation.

Education chiefs say the contractor for the work when it gets underway is Kier Construction with Nexus as their IT partner.

The latest plans will be discussed by councillors sitting on the children’s services committee on Thursday, January 23 at 4pm at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.