New school is taking shape

Site manager Simon Jones with some of the Hilderthorpe pupils
Site manager Simon Jones with some of the Hilderthorpe pupils

Work on the new Hilderthorpe School is well underway, but it doesn’t look like your usual building site.

Pupils and staff have decorated the hoardings with trees made from hand-prints – and governors and community groups which use the building will be asked to add their own designs so the site can be entered into a national competition.

An artist's impression of how the new school will look.

An artist's impression of how the new school will look.

Deputy head Jamie Baxter said: “It was looking a bit grey and dull and wasn’t very nice for the children to walk past on the way into school.”

The new modular school is being built in sections at Elliott at Carnaby Industrial Estate and will be lifted into place at the end of July.

It is due to open in January.

“The team have been on site since the beginning of April,” said Mr Baxter. “Last week, some of the staff to see the sections of the new building which are laid out in the car park, with the ground floor and the first floor side-by-side.

Eoghan McCarthy-Moreton

Eoghan McCarthy-Moreton

“It was very weird but very impressive.

“The cranes will start to lift the sections into place at the start of the school holidays. It will be a state-of-the-art building with all mod-cons, and we can’t wait for the better wi-fi.”

Once the children are being taught in the new building, the existing one will be demolished.

“The aim is to really use the land that’s left as a community facility,” added Mr Baxter. “We are looking at funding for a running track and we already have football teams who use the pitches at weekends. That would be a great legacy of the old building.”