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Cheer as work begins on new £5 million Bentham Primary School
10:00am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
Schoolchildren, parents and members of the community gathered in Bentham to celebrate start of work on a new £5 million primary school.
Representatives of North Yorkshire County Council, contractors F Parkinson and design consultants Jacobs met on Monday for the ground breaking ceremony.
The new school will be built on a new site in Low Bentham Road and will provide modern facilities for High and Low Bentham.
Work is due to start next week and is expected to take around a year to complete. The new school should open in January, 2015, and will provide places for 150 children, plus a nursery.
It will feature a green sedum roof and the plans also include traffic and pedestrian islands, a raised zebra crossing and widened footpaths.
Coun Arthur Barker, the council’s executive member for schools, said it would be a great asset to High and Low Bentham.
“It has taken many years of planning, design and negotiations to reach this point,” he said.
“Despite recent reductions in funding available, the county council has continued to prioritise the new school and I am delighted that work is now starting on site.”
Headteacher Catherine Boocock said: “We are all delighted that at last we are getting a new school building for the present and future children of Bentham. It is an exciting time for the whole community to be involved in the building of a new school.”
Mrs Boocock added that many of the children had been involved in the designing of the school and all were looking forward to watching it being built.
“We are a vibrant school with very supportive families and governors. Our children had a sponsored walk to the new site in the summer term and it really felt like the beginning of a new era in the life of the school to be in such a beautiful setting.
“Bentham Community Primary School will bring the two communities of High and Low Bentham together under one roof.”
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