School extension remains on track

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EXTENSIVE re-development work to put a Scarborough primary school in a class of its own has moved closer to fruition.

Gladstone Road Junior School, in Wooler Street, is currently undergoing a significant transformation to create four new classrooms and a state-of-the-art library suite.

The work - set to be finished by June - will bolster a raft of facilities and include a new music room and improved administration and staff areas.

An extended play area also forms part of the plans.

Contractors are now busy working on the heart of the extension after completing the external structuring earlier this year.

Work began at the 360 pupil-strong school in November last year, when headteacher Brian Robinson and a number of youngsters marked the occasion with a special ceremony.

Mr Robinson said he was delighted the work was being carried out and believed it would prove to be the catalyst to provide a platform for future academic success.

He said: “This will have a real positive effect on the school and we are glad that it is now moving forward because it will make a significant difference.”

“When I arrived at the school in 1997 I had a conversation with the factory owners about the possibility of a move and it has been almost 12 years in the making for the idea to be put into action.

“The way the school has expanded, both in pupil numbers and particularly the staff numbers means that this work was needed.”