Clarendon Primary School's Victorian building to make way for new 21st century school

Clarendon Primary School's Victorian building to make way for new 21st century school

Clarendon Primary School's Victorian building to make way for new 21st century school

Clarendon Primary School's Victorian building to make way for new 21st century school

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

STAFF and pupils are to bid a fond farewell to their old school building which has served generations of children since Victorian times.

Clarendon Primary School’s landmark building will close its gates for the final time next month as children, and members of staff move into their new muliti-million pound “school in the park”.

And to mark the special role the building has played in the community since it opened in 1886, a special open day is being held for former staff and pupils.

Ann McAtee said: “We are so excited to be moving into the new building, but we wanted to give ex-members of staff and former pupils to have a chance to visit it before it closes because it has a lot of memories for many people.

“It has a long history in the community and the building has a lot of character. We want former staff and pupils to visit it and see the changes that have taken place over the years.”

When the school was built, there were toilets outside and a veranda.

A spiral staircase and the hall in the roof are two of the many unique features of the beautiful school building which those who went to Clarendon Primary and taught there have loved.

But the age and the size of the building means it is no longer suitable for 21st century learning.

Mrs McAtee said: “It is a fabulous Victorian building, but it needs everything new.

“The new building is modern with the all the facilities and technology needs for the curriculum.

“The old site will be turned into a green space for the community.”

The new £6.5 million building is being developed in Heywood Park.

It was earmarked by education bosses as a priority rebuild in 2009 and plans were put forward to relocate it.

The new building will incorporate features of the 19th century building.

It will feature the original terracotta and two rolls of honour in memory of former pupils who fought in the First World War will continue take pride of place.

The rolls of honour remember those who died and those who survived, which take on further poignancy as the war’s 100th anniversary is commemorated this year.

Mrs McAtee added: “We are very keen to give pupils and staff the opportunity to visit the building.”

The special open afternoon will take place on April 2, starting at 3.30pm and going on until 6.30pm.

There will be refreshments and a chance to relive schoolday memories.

To attend ring 01204 333411 or email cromptonj@clarendon.bolton.sch.uk.

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11:07am Wed 26 Mar 14

Tim Burr says...

So it's going to be flattened and turned into green space? Bolton has an acute shortage of accommodation for single people. Building such as this apart from it's heritage status would convert into small apartments until the Council or it's shadow company, Bolton at Home address those needs.
So it's going to be flattened and turned into green space? Bolton has an acute shortage of accommodation for single people. Building such as this apart from it's heritage status would convert into small apartments until the Council or it's shadow company, Bolton at Home address those needs. Tim Burr
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3:02pm Wed 26 Mar 14

stantheman133 says...

Time it was pulled down along with Brandwood st school.
Time it was pulled down along with Brandwood st school. stantheman133
  • Score: -4

3:39pm Wed 26 Mar 14

gigglebox3 says...

bolton at home are nothing to do with the council! they are a stand alone housing association like St Vincents, Great Places and Places for People
bolton at home are nothing to do with the council! they are a stand alone housing association like St Vincents, Great Places and Places for People gigglebox3
  • Score: 0

5:48pm Wed 26 Mar 14

The bluetooth. says...

The deal is the school will be demolished and a flood lit astro turf will be laid in its place. In order for the new school to be erected the previous football pen was bulldozed.
The deal is the school will be demolished and a flood lit astro turf will be laid in its place. In order for the new school to be erected the previous football pen was bulldozed. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 3

9:00am Thu 27 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

I Went This School It Was Built To Last, These New Building Well Cost A Lot More In Heating Just Look At The New Builds, The Schools Were Built Of Accrington Brick Not No More.
I Went This School It Was Built To Last, These New Building Well Cost A Lot More In Heating Just Look At The New Builds, The Schools Were Built Of Accrington Brick Not No More. Gore Seer
  • Score: -3

9:34am Thu 27 Mar 14

grandly says...

So Bolton Council is going to knock down another culturally iconic building, within twenty years all Bolton will have left is the town hall surrounded by no mark tin shacks and hundreds of years of architectural heritage will be gone forever. Botlon councils planning dept is an absolute disgrace........
So Bolton Council is going to knock down another culturally iconic building, within twenty years all Bolton will have left is the town hall surrounded by no mark tin shacks and hundreds of years of architectural heritage will be gone forever. Botlon councils planning dept is an absolute disgrace........ grandly
  • Score: 1

10:31am Thu 27 Mar 14

BWFC71 says...

grandly wrote:
So Bolton Council is going to knock down another culturally iconic building, within twenty years all Bolton will have left is the town hall surrounded by no mark tin shacks and hundreds of years of architectural heritage will be gone forever. Botlon councils planning dept is an absolute disgrace........
To be fair they are keeping the school and the current building is not fit for purpose and as such a new building has to be built. Culturally speaking is architect is very common, not only in Bolton but other towns as schools during the Victorian era were built to basically one set of plans, therefore it isn't really a heritage.

Bolton College, which stood on Manchester Road was an Art Deco building and that should have stayed and so should the Odeon Cinema. Like Trinity Street station that should have stayed - although it would have cost more than 3 times the price of knocking it down and building what we currently have!

But there are many buildings built during the Victorian, Edwardian and George V era that are just common place and to be fair would be better is pulled down and then the brown-field site used for something else which is being done.
[quote][p][bold]grandly[/bold] wrote: So Bolton Council is going to knock down another culturally iconic building, within twenty years all Bolton will have left is the town hall surrounded by no mark tin shacks and hundreds of years of architectural heritage will be gone forever. Botlon councils planning dept is an absolute disgrace........[/p][/quote]To be fair they are keeping the school and the current building is not fit for purpose and as such a new building has to be built. Culturally speaking is architect is very common, not only in Bolton but other towns as schools during the Victorian era were built to basically one set of plans, therefore it isn't really a heritage. Bolton College, which stood on Manchester Road was an Art Deco building and that should have stayed and so should the Odeon Cinema. Like Trinity Street station that should have stayed - although it would have cost more than 3 times the price of knocking it down and building what we currently have! But there are many buildings built during the Victorian, Edwardian and George V era that are just common place and to be fair would be better is pulled down and then the brown-field site used for something else which is being done. BWFC71
  • Score: 0

8:15am Fri 28 Mar 14

Gore Seer says...

The Area Has A Lot Of Immigration Moving In,And It Will Only Increase, So How Big Will These New Schools Be, Were Is The Funding Coming From Benefits Being Reduce, Teachers Demanding Special Treatment Printing More Money Ridiculas.
The Area Has A Lot Of Immigration Moving In,And It Will Only Increase, So How Big Will These New Schools Be, Were Is The Funding Coming From Benefits Being Reduce, Teachers Demanding Special Treatment Printing More Money Ridiculas. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

2:45pm Fri 28 Mar 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

Absolutely disgusting! Bolton Council - yet again a disgrace!
Absolutely disgusting! Bolton Council - yet again a disgrace! FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 1

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