School’s five year building makeover reaches completion

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A FIVE-YEAR project to improve a Harrogate school building has come to an end.

The completion of the work at Western Primary School was marked with a tour of the school by the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Les Ellington and his wife Christine, led by children, staff and governors.

Among the changes are new offices and toilet blocks, a purpose-built ICT suite, foundation and nursery facilities and a new second floor with two classrooms for Key Stage 2 children. The school also has a series of new logos.

Headteacher Cheryl Smith, who has been at the helm since 2003, said: “Our aim was to create additional teaching areas, develop our ICT provision and ultimately improve the learning environment for over 400 children.

“The builders have done a remarkable job, delivering safely and considerately, on time and on budget, which is no mean feat in a primary school of this size.

Cutting the celebratory cake, Coun Ellington said: “As a school governor, I fully appreciate the hard work that must have gone into realising the internal improvements, which are vast.

“In stark contrast to the school’s imposing Victorian façade, the internal space is a surprising labyrinth of bright and colourful teaching areas.

“The new facilities are fantastic and will be of great benefit to the school.”