Refurbishment complete at Netherton school

Councillor Logue and headteacher Anita Baskerville are joined by local councillors and the P4 class.

Councillor Logue and headteacher Anita Baskerville are joined by local councillors and the P4 class.

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Pupils, parents and staff at Netherton Primary School have celebrated the completion of a one-year extension and refurbishment project.

The extensive improvement work, costing £1.9m, took place over two phases and has resulted in bright new facilities for children to learn.

The first stage saw the construction of a new admin wing containing a school office, meeting room and medical room.

Two classroom huts were then demolished at the rear of the school to allow new educational space to be created.

The extension includes four new classrooms, a multi-purpose room, new dining area and kitchen, additional toilets and store rooms.

The school, which originally opened in 1912, has many unique internal features such as arched entranceways, high ceilings and a fireplace.

Over the years some of these features had been covered over; however they have all been exposed and refurbished to their original grandeur.

Modern construction and design techniques including solar panels on the roof, sun-pipes in corridors – which increase natural daylight, and low-level windows – which control temperature and air flow, have been used throughout the refurbishment to promote natural light and ventilation.

Headteacher Anita Baskerville said: “The school building has been completely transformed, making way for lovely, bright new spacious environment for our children to learn and develop.”

Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, added: “The new facilities are very impressive and I’m sure the pupils and staff at Netherton will be very proud of their new school.”

Local apprentices were employed on the project and school pupils were given presentations by the contractors and architect to ensure they were kept safe while work was taking place over the past 12 months.