Three new schools could open to Hartlepool pupils next year under ambitious £19m plans

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CHILDREN could be starting life in their new school as early as next year under ambitious £19m plans to rebuild or completely refurbish three schools.

Manor College of Technology, Barnard Grove Primary School and Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Hartlepool, are all benefiting from the Government’s multi-million pound Priority Schools Building Programme.

Hartlepool Borough Council councillors were set to meet today to discuss the latest timescales for the three schools.

A report to councillors revealed Barnard Grove Primary School is the furthest advanced with their new site expected to be ready by October 2015.

Meanwhile, Manor College of Technology is next in line with their project set to be finished by September 2016.

The schools are working closely with Education Funding Agency (EFA) – the body appointed by the Government to oversee the initiative – and Hartlepool Borough Council.

With regards Barnard Grove, a council report said six “client engagement meetings” (CEM) were held prior to Christmas and that is a chance for the school and Kier to develop the design of the school so that the final plans meet specific requirements within the budget available.

A report by Dean Jackson, the assistant director of education, said: “Further meetings with the school, the council, EFA and Kier will commence in April.

“This will consider the detailed design element of the project.

“The current plan shows the decant into the new build as April/May 2015, with the project fully completed (landscaping, demolition etc) by October 2015.”

Manor College has also held six meetings and it was agreed at an early stage that the sports hall will be retained and refurbished as part of the programme as Football Foundation funding had been received by the school in 2002 to improve the changing room facilities.

A bat survey will need to be carried out as part of the planning application process. A report said: “The current plan shows the decant into the new build as March/April 2016, with the project fully completed (landscaping, demolition etc) by September 2016.”

Holy Trinity is expected to start its meetings shortly. The report said the first meeting, scheduled for late-February had been postponed due to the “complexities and constraints of the site”.