A £3m class act as new look unveiled

Opening of a new wing at Norbreck Primary School
Opening of a new wing at Norbreck Primary School
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A LITTLE bit of history repeated itself as Norbreck Primary School officially opened its sparkling new £3m classroom block.

The bright and airy new reception and key stage one area has replaced the draughty, leaking old corridors at the Norbreck Road site.

And to mark a new stage in the school’s history the same hymn – Praise My Soul the King of Heaven – was sung to celebrate the launch, the same song as when the school officially opened in 1939.

Headteacher Karen McCarter welcomed staff and governors as Blackpool mayor Coun Joan Greenhalgh unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Mrs McCarter said: “We’re thrilled with the facilities, they are 100 per cent better than before.

“The classrooms are so much bigger and brighter and old corridors have been turned into little break out spaces where they children can learn, it’s wonderful.

“Norbreck has stood in the community for 77 years.

“It’s fantastic that, with this new building work, we’ll continue to stand and serve our community incredibly well for a further five decades or more.”

The funding was allocated to Norbreck Primary from the first wave of the Government’s now mothballed Primary Capital Programme.

The money was used to replace small, crowded classrooms with three spacious new ones on the site. The rest of the building was ripped out except for the external walls and has been completely remodelled.

The school now boasts a new library, a second hall, special additional learning spaces in the corridors, a new shower room, teacher area, dance studio and special needs room.

Work started in June 2009 and was complete in September 2010 when the children were able to move in.

School governors also spoke of their delight to see it up and running.

Chairman Debbie Masters said: “We’re extremely grateful to everyone who worked so hard to get this project finished.

“The whole educational journey of local children will be a much greater experience because of this extensive refurbishment.

“It is a brilliant environment for teaching and learning and will bring out the best in all.”

The school remained open throughout the work with classes being decanted to different areas of the school.

Mrs McCarter added: “The building team did a fantastic job to make sure any disruption was kept to an absolute minimum.”