Schools’ delight as new buildings are proudly shown off

Peter Jefferson, Chief Executive, Blackpool Coastal Housing, cuts the cake with (L-R) Cristele Rockall, deputy head girl, Kaitlin O'Herlihy, head girl and Nishan Khajuria, head boy, at the opening of a new community hub at Kingcraig Primary School
Peter Jefferson, Chief Executive, Blackpool Coastal Housing, cuts the cake with (L-R) Cristele Rockall, deputy head girl, Kaitlin O'Herlihy, head girl and Nishan Khajuria, head boy, at the opening of a new community hub at Kingcraig Primary School
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Proud pupils and staff at two Fylde coast schools held opening ceremonies to unveil new buildings.

Kincraig Primary School and Children’s Centre, in Bispham, unveiled its new community hub, while Larkholme Primary School, in Fleetwood, invited people to take a tour of its revamped building.

Parents, children and staff at Kincraig attended a ceremony for the launch of the extension, along with Blackpool Council and Blackpool Coastal Housing officials.

The building was dreamt up by parents that use the centre, who hoped for more space to encourage others to benefits from services there, including job workshops, health advice and training.

Karen Appleby, headteacher at the school and children’s centre on Kincraig Avenue, Bispham, said: “It’s a real community asset.”

The building, worth around £80,000, has been built thanks to donations of time, labour and materials from contractors of Blackpool Coastal Housing.

The school paid only a little more than £200, in planning permission fees, to help make the dream a reality.

Mrs Appleby added: “There were probably about 20 parents, they’re very passionate about our centre. It’s good for them to have initiated something and see it through to the end.

“If parents are coming in and we’re supporting them that’s going to increase the life chances of children in those families.”

Year 6 pupil and head girl, Kaitlin O’Herlihy, said: “I went to the children’s centre and it was really interesting.

“There were lots of books to read and things to do.

“It’s a perfect way to start learning.”

Nishan Khajuria, head boy, added: “Everybody has really enjoyed themselves.

“It’s going to make it much better and we’re really happy about it.”

Meanwhile, headteacher at Larkholme, Val Pilkington-Smith, said she was delighted to be able to show off the results of the school’s £2.2m redevelopment.

She said: “We couldn’t be more proud – it looks fantastic.

“We invited everybody who helped to come and see what they had achieved. It was really a thank-you to all the people who have been involved.”

She said the project will have a positive impact on the education children at the school receive.

“We have got new facilities,” she added.

“There has been a big investment in ICT and people could see the children working with the iPads.

“The school is going from strength to strength.”