Vital bridge link to new schools is completed

Opening of new Wombwell/Darfield bridge to serve new ALC - (From left to right): Stuart Wilkinson, Barnsley Local Education Partnership General Manager; Cllr Linda Burgess, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children Young People and Families; Cllr Stephen Houghton, Leader of the Council; Cllr Karen Dyson, The Mayor of Barnsley; Bob Bloomer, Chair of Temporary Governing Body for Foulstone and Wombwell; Tim Brown, Laing O'Rourke Project Manager.
Opening of new Wombwell/Darfield bridge to serve new ALC - (From left to right): Stuart Wilkinson, Barnsley Local Education Partnership General Manager; Cllr Linda Burgess, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children Young People and Families; Cllr Stephen Houghton, Leader of the Council; Cllr Karen Dyson, The Mayor of Barnsley; Bob Bloomer, Chair of Temporary Governing Body for Foulstone and Wombwell; Tim Brown, Laing O'Rourke Project Manager.
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A BRIDGE linking two communities that will soon share a school is now in place.

It is part of the new £55 million Advanced Learning Centre that will serve Wombwell and Darfield from September this year.

The bridge, which crosses the River Dove, will form part of the entrance to the new ALC, that is set to replace the existing Darfield Foulstone School of Creative Arts and Wombwell High School.

The Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Karen Dyson cut the ribbon to mark the milestone on December 20, with council leader Steve Houghton, Coun Linda Burgess, Cabinet Spokesperson for Children, Young People and Families, and Judith Harwood, Executive Director for Children, Young People and Families.

Laing O’Rourke is the main contractor responsible for construction of the new school, that will end the final phase of the ‘Building Schools for the Future’ programme in Barnsley.

Project director Ged Simmonds said: “I would like to acknowledge the hard work and commitment of our team and supply chain in developing this dream into a reality”.

The ALC, which opens in September, will offer state-of-the-art facilities for over 1700 students, and will include resources for adult learning opportunities and post 16 learning.