£4.4 million Doncaster primary school boost revealed

Artists impression of the planned Carr Lodge School, Balby, Doncaster
Artists impression of the planned Carr Lodge School, Balby, Doncaster

This is the building which is set to become Doncaster’s first newly built primary school for 30 years.

Work has started on the building which is due to become Carr Lodge Academy, as education bosses released the first artists’ impressions of the finished site.

Artists impression of the planned Carr Lodge School, Balby, Doncaster

Artists impression of the planned Carr Lodge School, Balby, Doncaster

The academy, on Grady Drive, Balby, will be purpose-built for 420 primary school pupils and 50 nursery and early years children. The school is going to cost £4.4 million, funded by a grant from the Department for Education to the Doncaster Council.

While other school sites have been refurbished, no brand new primary schools have been built in Doncaster for a generation.

Carr Lodge will have a modern design that will reflect 21st century teaching and learning, education officials say.

Richard Tuddenham, headteacher of Carr Lodge Academy, said: “We are delighted to see the foundations emerging as the construction process begins.

“An outstanding education is built on good foundations and that is what we aim to deliver. To build a brand new academy, and be part ofw providing an education to pupils from a new catchment area, brings with it so many exciting opportunities.

“The design of the building looks magnificent and, when the first children walk through the doors in September 2015, it will be an extremely proud moment for us all.”

Deputy Mayor of Doncaster Glyn Jones attended a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Coun Jones said: “I am pleased to be here to celebrate a landmark moment in Doncaster – the first brand new primary school in the town for many years.

“Education is a very important issue to the council, and the great education children will receive at Carr Lodge will tie in with the other initiatives we have in Doncaster, including the building of the High Speed Rail College and other incentives to create future jobs and growth, in order to give young people lives full of opportunity.”

Coun Fennelly added: “We are very proud of our schools in Doncaster, and I’m confident Carr Lodge Academy will be an excellent addition to the education currently available to our children.”

The school will be built by Wilmott Dixon for Doncaster Council, and is supported by Wakefield City Academy Trust.

Anthony Dillon, Northern Region Managing Director of Willmott Dixon, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Doncaster Council and to be working in the Balby community to deliver the new Carr Lodge Academy.

“As a regional business we are extremely committed to delivering high quality education facilities together with supporting the local economy in generating wider employment opportunities across South Yorkshire.”

Admission applications can already be made online at www.doncaster.gov.uk/admissions. Applications for reception class students are open until January 15. Other year groups can apply from January.