Netherton school gets £2m makeover

Councillor Jim Logue and headteacher Joanne Smith with pupils showing off the plans for the refurbishment
Councillor Jim Logue and headteacher Joanne Smith with pupils showing off the plans for the refurbishment

School’s out, but the work is only just beginning at Netherton Primary which is to be the recipient of a £2 million makeover.

The existing school building will be extended with the creation of four new classrooms, a new admin wing containing the school office, meeting room, medical room and an additional multi-use teaching area.

A new dining area with kitchen area for prepping meals, additional toilets and extra storage space will also be included.

Councillor Jim Logue, convener of Learning and Leisure Services, said: “This refurbishment will give the school greater teaching capacity and will greatly improve facilities for pupils, teachers and visitors.

“Netherton is a fantastic school with a great reputation in the local community. It is vital they have a school building which will allow staff to continue providing high quality education for local youngsters.

“Once completed, the school will have a much brighter, better and more colourful teaching environment.”

As part of the refurbishment, two existing classroom huts will be demolished and the renovation will mean all pupils and staff will be housed under one roof.

In addition to the upgrade to the teaching facilities, a new fire safety sprinkler system is being installed and solar panels fitted to the roof to generate electricity and reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Headteacher Joanne Smith said: “The school has a long and proud history. It was originally opened in 1912 and civic leaders at the time were very proud that the school would provide an equal and full education for both boys and girls.

“102 years on and of course that is something we all take for granted. The building has fulfilled its promise and once again looks to the future as the old building is retained as the core of this exciting new extension project.

“I am excited about seeing these plans being completed, the building revitalised and alive with children eager to learn. This project combines the best of the past with the innovation of today and demonstrates faith in the future of education at Netherton Primary.”

The refurbishment is scheduled to be completed early next summer.