Build for the future

Gladstone Road School's open evening has pupils jumping for joy. From left to right are Kirby Fenwick,Ocean Gerrard,Lucy Speight and Amy Smith. Picture Richard Ponter. 114032a
Gladstone Road School's open evening has pupils jumping for joy. From left to right are Kirby Fenwick,Ocean Gerrard,Lucy Speight and Amy Smith. Picture Richard Ponter. 114032a

A SCARBOROUGH school is aiming to be top of the class after undergoing a huge £1.9 million redevelopment.

Gladstone Road Junior School now boasts an impressive learning environment with four expansive new classrooms, a state-of-the-art library area, a music tuition room, new office space and larger staff room.

The work at the Victorian school got under way in June last year and contractors put the final touches to the changes in the summer break.

The school marked the development with a special open day for parents and pupils to get to grips with the improvements, including enhanced learning support facilities, a new multi-use games area and a larger playground.

Headteacher Brian Robinson said the new set-up would provide a catalyst for improved learning at the school.

He said: “We have waited a long time for this development, we are delighted with the end result and it has been well worth the wait.

“The environment is greatly improved and there is much more space indoors and especially outdoors as previously there was very little outdoor space available.

“These fantastic new facilities will enable us to continue to develop our music and sport and all of our many other activities.

“Pupils, staff, governors and visitors alike have all been exceedingly positive about the development.”

However, the changes have also been extended to the adjoining Infant School, where some lessons will now be taught in a new first floor classroom complete with curved walls.

Youngsters will enjoy their break time even further after a new covered play area - doubling an outdoor classroom - was created.

The development has now allowed for an existing room to be re-launched as the ‘Treasure Room’, a dedicated space for creative arts teaching, which will be used later this year by pupil’s to create mosaics to mark the school’s 125 year history.

Anne Swift, headteacher of the Infant school, added: “We are absolutely delighted and there is so much we can achieve by having them.”

The school kitchen was also refurbished during the summer.

The work was carried out thanks to a jointly funded initiative between the school’s and North Yorkshire County Council.