New Barnsley primary school plans take big step forward

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Plans for a new South Yorkshire primary school have moved forward after contracts were signed with a major construction company.

The new Goldthorpe Primary will be designed and built by Robertson, with work due to start next summer ready for its expected completion in summer 2016.

The Barnsley Council project will see the primary built on Doncaster Road on land previously cleared of terraced housing around the Main Street area.

A single storey building will provide space for 310 pupils and will have a nursery with 26 full time equivalent places.

It will also be designed to allow future expansion into a 420 place school as further new housing is expected in the area

The existing school at the junction of Doncaster and High Street will be demolished and redeveloped as retail outlets.

A public consultation event will be held at the school on Wednesday December 3 from 3.30pm to 6pm.

People will have the opportunity to view the proposals including a 3D model of the new school and give their feedback on the proposed layout and design which can then be tweaked over the next few months.

Headteacher Sarah Fields said: “We are absolutely delighted that a new school for Goldthorpe is now a reality.

“We are really excited about working closely with Robertson to create an outstanding centre for 21st century learning that meets the needs of all our children and our community.

“The bespoke design of the school reflects the children’s vision of what a truly effective learning environment should look like - including space, natural light, colour and opportunities to bring exciting learning outdoors.

“The children will be thrilled that their ideas are reflected in the design,” she added.