Harrogate school rebuild edges closer

Harrogate High School
Harrogate High School

The ground-up rebuild of Harrogate High School (HHS) this week took a step closer, as it was announced the school has ‘gone live’ in the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).

It means planning work can now begin to replace the Ainsty Road school, which will remain open throughout the build.

Each of the 46 schools to be rebuilt nationally under the PSBP scheme have been split into batches.

HHS is in the Yorkshire batch, along with schools in Bradford and Kirklees, with a total funding requirement of £700m.

Ian Curtis, HHS Chair of Governors, said: “To hear we are ‘live’ in the programme is great news as we are ready to start work on a modern learning environment.

“As the only school in North Yorkshire it’s good to be teamed up with other schools who will work through the same process.

“The new building, when ready, will enable us to maintain our leading position on teaching, learning and curriculum.”

We revealed last year that HHS was one of 261 total schools nationwide chosen to be rebuilt.

The PSBP expects the first school in the scheme to be completed in 2014.

Planning work on HHS has started, and it is anticipated it will be completed earlier than initially thought.

The new school will be built on the same site, and it is believed it is large enough to remain open while building work takes place.

HHS has enjoyed five years of record-breaking GCSE results, and celebrated one year of Academy status on June 1.

HHS hosts a Super Learning Event on June 19 for Year 4 and 5 pupils from 3.30pm.

Contact 01423548800 for information.