New school set to open

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ROTHERHAM Mayor Shaun Wright is to officially open the new Swinton Queen Primary School on Friday.

The previous school building dated back to 1908 and is due to be demolished once the finishing touches to the new state-of-the-art school are completed.

Head teacher Sharon Joyce said: “The present school buildings have served us well, for over a hundred years, and we’re rightly proud of the heritage invested in them and of the thousands of children who have attended here.

“But now is the time for our children to benefit from a modern, purpose-built facility that will give them the very best environment in which to learn and to grow together.

“From the provision of fresh school meals cooked on site to the latest technology, everything is in place to give the children the very best start in their education.”

The new building sits on the same 2.5 hectare site as the old school and it will mean that for the first time in years all pupils can be taught under one roof.

In the past, five of the classrooms were based in the main building with seven others housed in temporary buildings.

The £5.2m project was commissioned and designed by Rotherham Council.

The 1908 foundation stone of the original Victorian building is being kept and is to be built into the new structure.

The new build is curved in a “C” shape and incorporates 11 classrooms, kitchens, dining hall, dance studio, offices and IT suite for the 350 pupils.

The external layer is mainly brickwork on the rear elevation with curtain walling and rain screen cladding to the front elevation.

The new build is due to be fully completed at the end of April.

Mrs Joyce added: “We feel they deserve it and know that both parents and children will make the best of the opportunity it gives them.”