New multimillion pound Clarendon Primary School opens

Video: Multimillion pound 'school in the park' opens

The new Clarendon Primary School

The old Clarendon Primary School

From left, Saliha Patel, aged nine, Amir Kothiya, aged eight, Umamah Ifkar and Faizan Kothiya, both aged nine. Below, the old and new schools

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

WHILE most children cannot wait to start their Easter holidays, these excited youngsters cannot wait for the break to be over so they can start at their unique multi-million pound “school in the park”.

Keys to Clarendon Primary School’s new £6.5 million campus in Heywood Park have been officially handed over.

The school is designed for 21st century learning and even has a purpose-built large outdoor area.

Ground floor classrooms have direct access to their own outdoor covered teaching, learning and play space, while the older pupils on the upper floor have a large external teaching terrace with views across the park.

New headteacher, Vicky Chatterjee, said: “We are excited by the prospects and opportunities that our new school building holds for the children and the community. The children of Clarendon deserve the very best and the new school will enable them to shine and flourish now and in future generations.”

The building reflects the heritage of the area with panels of brickwork fashioned into textile patterns reflecting the legacy of Robert Heywood who gifted the park to the people of Bolton in 1862.

Eventually the school will incorporate decorative architectural features reclaimed from the former Clarendon School, which opened in 1886.

The school’s two rolls of honour in memory of former pupils who fought and died in the First World War will be displayed in the lobby area.

Pupils start lessons in the new building on Tuesday, April 29.

Umamah Ifkar, aged nine, said: “I want the holidays to finish quickly so we can start in our new school. I’m so excited.”

Saliha Patel, aged nine, added: “I think the school is brilliant.

“We have more computers and it will be easier to learn and I think we will all do even better.”

Faizan Kothiya, aged nine, said: “I am looking forward to coming to the school. It is a modern school and I like that it is in a park.”

His brother Amir, aged eight, added: “I will look forward to coming here everyday.

“The other building was falling part and this is amazing.”

Cllr Kevin McKeon, cabinet member for schools and skills, said the new building would inspire and enhance the education of children.

He added: “We’re really excited to finally take possession of this new building, which will provide all the facilities and technology needed for 21st century learning.

“We really hope the children and teachers enjoy their new school. We’re pleased it will also incorporate elements of the history of the old school, so it continues the school’s links with the local community.”

Margaret Asquith, dir-ector of adult and children’s services said: “The former Clarendon Primary School had a long history with the community but was no longer suitable for a modern learning environ-ment, so we were pleased to be able to commission a new building for the school.”

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2:10pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Cheeseware says...

Looks more like an industrial unit than a school in a park
Looks more like an industrial unit than a school in a park Cheeseware
  • Score: 11

6:16pm Fri 11 Apr 14

atlas123 says...

Barbara44 wrote:
Can anyone guess what the old school will become?
A park!

To replace the park that the new school has taken up, as per the planning agreement and the current plans.

I believe the contract for demolition and restoration to park has been let.

AICMFP
[quote][p][bold]Barbara44[/bold] wrote: Can anyone guess what the old school will become?[/p][/quote]A park! To replace the park that the new school has taken up, as per the planning agreement and the current plans. I believe the contract for demolition and restoration to park has been let. AICMFP atlas123
  • Score: 7

8:02pm Fri 11 Apr 14

Andy Higham says...

This really stinks. Across the road from this monstrosity, adjacent to the original schools magnificent victorian building is a load of derelict land, a used car lot and an abandoned pub.
An obvious plan would be to extend and modernise the existing school making the best of the aestheticly pleasing lines of the victorian architecture.
Instead the council steal the park that Bobby Heywood gave us and build yet another ugly building.
I guess the old school will go the way of other buildings that our council didn't want. Bromwich st college, Manchester road college, Clarence st college, Thicketford road social services, Oldhams primary school. I can almost smell the diesel fumes from the buldozers starting up
This really stinks. Across the road from this monstrosity, adjacent to the original schools magnificent victorian building is a load of derelict land, a used car lot and an abandoned pub. An obvious plan would be to extend and modernise the existing school making the best of the aestheticly pleasing lines of the victorian architecture. Instead the council steal the park that Bobby Heywood gave us and build yet another ugly building. I guess the old school will go the way of other buildings that our council didn't want. Bromwich st college, Manchester road college, Clarence st college, Thicketford road social services, Oldhams primary school. I can almost smell the diesel fumes from the buldozers starting up Andy Higham
  • Score: 11

5:41pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Ernagy2 says...

An observation is this school is not that far away from Bishop Bridgeman school. Surely there was an opportunity to combine two schools into one and save money. Did the Council not of that, especially when we are told we are under severe budget cuts and this was a perfect opportunity not to raise council tax. The money saved could have improved education for others in the borough, not just those of Clarendon.
An observation is this school is not that far away from Bishop Bridgeman school. Surely there was an opportunity to combine two schools into one and save money. Did the Council not of that, especially when we are told we are under severe budget cuts and this was a perfect opportunity not to raise council tax. The money saved could have improved education for others in the borough, not just those of Clarendon. Ernagy2
  • Score: 5

5:04pm Mon 14 Apr 14

CheekyHalfBacksMum says...

There have been many factually incorrect comments on this site.
The land adjacent to the original school sits above the railway tunnel which was filled many years ago, thus making it impossible to build in its present state. The tunnel the splits into a Y shape, thus affecting nearby land too. The old school was built in the immediate vicinity of a former mill lodge, and various areas of subsidence can already be evidenced in the yard. The costs making all this land suitable to build on were examined and found to be totally prohibitive.
The old school, which has been loved by all, is no longer viable for the educating of our children. Plans to revamp the existing building were considered, but the costs of refurbishment, together with the problem with adjoining land, made this option considerably more expensive than the costs of providing the new build, in addition, school would have had to be rehoused temporarily whilst the original site was firstly made fit to develop and then built on -adding at least another million to the cost!
There is a severe shortage of school places in the area, so combining with another school was not an option.
Internally the school provides light airy accommodation which is designed to facilitate modern education practices not those of the Victorians.
The multicultural community of the area around the school deserve this facility.
There have been many factually incorrect comments on this site. The land adjacent to the original school sits above the railway tunnel which was filled many years ago, thus making it impossible to build in its present state. The tunnel the splits into a Y shape, thus affecting nearby land too. The old school was built in the immediate vicinity of a former mill lodge, and various areas of subsidence can already be evidenced in the yard. The costs making all this land suitable to build on were examined and found to be totally prohibitive. The old school, which has been loved by all, is no longer viable for the educating of our children. Plans to revamp the existing building were considered, but the costs of refurbishment, together with the problem with adjoining land, made this option considerably more expensive than the costs of providing the new build, in addition, school would have had to be rehoused temporarily whilst the original site was firstly made fit to develop and then built on -adding at least another million to the cost! There is a severe shortage of school places in the area, so combining with another school was not an option. Internally the school provides light airy accommodation which is designed to facilitate modern education practices not those of the Victorians. The multicultural community of the area around the school deserve this facility. CheekyHalfBacksMum
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

VIGILANTE VIC says...

LOL... MORE DELETED RATIONAL REASONABLE COMMENTS OF MINE GOT DELETED :-) AND OTHER POSTERS TOO, WE ALL KNOW WHO ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT,,,, IT'S REALLY THAT OBVIOUS
LOL... MORE DELETED RATIONAL REASONABLE COMMENTS OF MINE GOT DELETED :-) AND OTHER POSTERS TOO, WE ALL KNOW WHO ARE ALLOWED TO COMMENT,,,, IT'S REALLY THAT OBVIOUS VIGILANTE VIC
  • Score: -1

9:41am Fri 25 Apr 14

Colinslyne says...

Andy Higham wrote:
This really stinks. Across the road from this monstrosity, adjacent to the original schools magnificent victorian building is a load of derelict land, a used car lot and an abandoned pub.
An obvious plan would be to extend and modernise the existing school making the best of the aestheticly pleasing lines of the victorian architecture.
Instead the council steal the park that Bobby Heywood gave us and build yet another ugly building.
I guess the old school will go the way of other buildings that our council didn't want. Bromwich st college, Manchester road college, Clarence st college, Thicketford road social services, Oldhams primary school. I can almost smell the diesel fumes from the buldozers starting up
The area that you mention was looked into but found to be unsuitable because of problems. The school was in need of expensive repairs!
[quote][p][bold]Andy Higham[/bold] wrote: This really stinks. Across the road from this monstrosity, adjacent to the original schools magnificent victorian building is a load of derelict land, a used car lot and an abandoned pub. An obvious plan would be to extend and modernise the existing school making the best of the aestheticly pleasing lines of the victorian architecture. Instead the council steal the park that Bobby Heywood gave us and build yet another ugly building. I guess the old school will go the way of other buildings that our council didn't want. Bromwich st college, Manchester road college, Clarence st college, Thicketford road social services, Oldhams primary school. I can almost smell the diesel fumes from the buldozers starting up[/p][/quote]The area that you mention was looked into but found to be unsuitable because of problems. The school was in need of expensive repairs! Colinslyne
  • Score: 3

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