School to benefit from building improvements

Hilderthorpe Primary School
Hilderthorpe Primary School

Hilderthorpe Primary School will be either refurbished or knocked down and replaced as part of a £2 billion Government scheme.

Built in 1953 as extra hospital facilities after the war but never used as such, the school is one of three in the county, from an original six, selected by East Riding of Yorkshire Council to benefit from the second phase of the Government’s Priority School Building Programme.

The work will be funded from central Government and officials from the Education Funding Agency are expected to visit the schools in the next few weeks to assess the detailed work needed and time scales for work to take place between 2015 and 2021.

Headteacher Kath Carlisle, said: “We think it is excellent news the school will be refurbished or rebuilt to give us better and more up to date facilities and we want to thank the council for putting us forward for the bid.”

She described the 320 pupil school as being a rambling building with three long corridors harking back to its original hospital design.

“There is nothing really wrong with it but it is showing its age and becoming expensive to maintain, but it is a lovely school in a fabulous location,” said Mrs Carlisle.

Hilderthorpe Primary is among 277 schools across England which will receive a total of around £2 billion in the second phase of the programme.

The other schools in the East Riding are Longcroft School, Beverley and Withernsea Primary School.

Councillor Julie Abraham, portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “It is excellent news that the schools have been successful in the Priority School Buildings Programme bidding. Many young people will benefit from the building projects.”