School builds for the future

Extensive building work on Barrowcliff school. Photo by Dave Barry 112747
Extensive building work on Barrowcliff school. Photo by Dave Barry 112747

A SCARBOROUGH school is building the foundations for future academic success after a multi-million pound renovation.

Barrowcliff School has undergone a major redevelopment with new classrooms, kitchen and dining areas and office space providing a fresh learning environment for pupils.

Extensive building work on Barrowcliff school. Photo by Dave Barry 112747

Extensive building work on Barrowcliff school. Photo by Dave Barry 112747

The work, which will cost around £4 million, marks a new chapter in the school’s history and comes after the federation of Barrowcliff Junior School and Barrowcliff Nursery and Infant School last year.

Headteacher Dave Evans, who is retiring at the end of the school year, said the new facilities would provide the catalyst for youngsters’ education.

He said: “This is the final piece in the jigsaw of the two school coming together and when the work is completely finished it will look terrific.

“The school will be 60 years old in 2012 and while it was still in a good condition it needed a bit of which this has now done.

“It has been a part demolition and part rebuild but full refurbishment throughout.”

Mr Evans said the work, which should be completed by October, had caused some disruption, but praised pupils and staff for their attitude during the process.

He added: “The children and staff have all coped admirably while the work has been going on.

“It has been stressful at times with the noise and disruption but everyone has been extremely co-operative and came together to ensure that the pupils’ education was not disrupted in any way.”

Under the plans, the junior school building will be finished in August.

“The changes to the infants section are on schedule to be completed by October.