Demolition work has started on a Hartlepool primary school as pupils and staff prepare to move into their new building at the start of next term.
The bulldozers have moved in at Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, in Seaton Carew, parts of which are over 150 years old and constantly needed repairing.
It is one of three schools in Hartlepool that are being re-built as part of a £19million project.
Meanwhile, the new-look Holy Trinity is being built just a stone’s throw away.
Staff and pupils are due to move in at the start of the new term in just a few weeks’ time.
It was awarded a share of the Government’s multi-million pound Priority School Building Programme two years ago.
The fund was set up to address the needs of schools most in need of urgent repair.
Manor College of Technology, in Manor Lane, and Barnard Grove Primary School, in Clavering, Hartlepool, are also benefiting from the scheme.
Headteacher Amanda Baines previously said: “Our new school has been designed to reflect our distinct Christian ethos, meet our curriculum needs and create a welcoming and stimulating learning environment for all our pupils.
“It will also play an important role in the wider local community.”
As well as providing the best learning environment for some 200 primary school children aged between four and 11, the new school also includes a 26-place nursery.
The new Holy Trinity site will replace a 210-place primary school for five to 11-year-olds, but with the addition of a new 26-place nursery for three to five-year-olds.
It is after Seaton Carew Nursery closed and was incorporated into Holy Trinity.
Once the rubble has been cleared, the old site will make way for a multi-use games area, staff parking and outdoor play areas.
Families and former pupils and staff got a final chance to look around the old school during an open day last month.
Staff delved into the archives and uncovered lots of old photos, plans and school ledgers as well as the a look at the exciting new plans.
Holy Trinity is trying to raise around £55,000 to help kit out the new site.
Funding for new equipment and furniture was not included in the new-build money.
Part of it will come from an idea for supporters to buy a brick with their name on it that will go into a new commemorative wall at the new building.
The scheme proved a big success while parents have also pitched in with fundraising cake sales.
And Hartlepool’s Freemasons gave £250.