The new Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate celebrated the completion of five years of internal building improvements at Western Primary School with a VIP tour from children, staff and governors on 26th May.
Under the direction of Head Teacher Cheryl Smith since 2003, the Victorian school on Cold Bath Road has been dramatically modernised. The full spectrum of building work has included several new offices and toilet blocks, a purpose-built ICT suite, expansive foundation and nursery facilities and a brand new second floor that accommodates two new classrooms for Key Stage 2 children. The school also proudly sports a new suite of logos whose common theme is ‘success’.
Sympathetic refurbishment makes exceptional use of space
“Our aim was to create additional teaching areas, develop our ICT provision and ultimately improve the learning environment for over 400 children,” explained Mrs Smith.“ The architects used the space to its full potential by building additional staircases and new rooms in previously dead space. The nursery and foundation teachingareas and the KS2 classrooms are interconnected and have new toilets and door security systems, which improves traffic flow around the school. The builders have done a remarkable job, delivering safely and considerately, on time and on budget, which is no mean feat in a primary school of this size. We are absolutely delighted that the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate were the first to see the finished project – the children are very proud of our new look and were thrilled to show them round.”
‘Creating Success Stories’
Cutting the celebratory cake, Councillor Les Ellington, said, “As a school governor, I fully appreciate the hard work that must have gone into realising the internal improvements, which are vast. In stark contrast to the school’s imposing Victorian façade, the internal space is a surprising labyrinth of bright and colourful teaching areas. Walking round and being welcomed by everyone, I have been very impressed at the enthusiasm and teamwork of the pupils and the teachers. We are delighted to be invited to share in the success of the building work. The new facilities are fantastic and will be of great benefit to the school.”
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