West Craven School to finish biggest investment in 70 year history with new common room
COMMON CHEER....L/R Head Girl Emily Cox, 15, joins Head Boy James Goodall, 15, along with Mike Burridge, Keepmoat Project Manager, and Craig Baker, Headteacher, as they celebrate the news that this maths room will be turned into a new common room.
West Craven High School has marked the last leg of its £6.2 million refurbishment by announcing the addition of a new student common room.
The room, due to be finished in September, will be made available to Year 11 students studying at the high school in Barnoldswick thanks to a kind-hearted gesture by construction company Keepmoat.
The regeneration specialist began the renovation of West Craven in October 2012 and has now donated £1,000 to establish a common room as a ‘thank you’ to the pupils for their understanding during the building works.
Keepmoat has carried out all the works on the largest investment in the school’s infrastructure since it was built 70 years ago.
The work has seen a two storey extension built to house new classrooms as well as the extensive modernisation of existing parts of the school.
As well as building work, the £6.2 million investment by Lancashire County Council as part of the 'Condition' element of the capital strategy for schools has seen the school zoned into specialisms, with creative arts on the top floor and a new dedicated maths area.
The modernisation of the school also includes the introduction of c-touch TV screens and an all-weather pitch, which will be constructed on the site of former classrooms.
Roy Barnes retired as Deputy Head last year, but has remained at the school to oversee the building work. He said: “This is the biggest investment the school has ever seen and will bring West Craven well and truly into the 21st Century.
“The school has been waiting for a common room for the last 16 years and now, thanks to Keepmoat, we can finally give our students a place to relax and study ahead of their GCSEs.”
The refurbishment work, which started in October 2012, is expected to finish in September ahead of the arrival of new students.
“The students and parents are really excited to see the new school take shape,” says Roy Barnes who has taught at the school for the last 39 years.
Mike Burridge, Project Manager at Keepmoat, said: “This has been a major undertaking for the school and the pupils, as much of the work has been carried out during term time over the last year.
“Keepmoat is proud to have carried out the largest investment in the school’s 70 year history and we thought the donation of £1,000 for a common room was a fitting way to thank the pupils for their patience during the building work.”
The announcement of the new common room comes shortly after the school was awarded a good Ofsted report as well as being named as one of the fastest improving schools in the country by a leading independent body.
Roy Barnes (62) said: “The renovation will help us build on our fast growing reputation as a good school by providing a stimulating surrounding for our pupils.”