New school facility to be built this year

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EXCITING proposals have been unveiled today for a new state-of-the-art Wigan school building.

Britannia Bridge Primary located in Lower Ince has revealed plans for a brand new building on its land.

This will not only create a bigger space for pupils but also enable the school to provide additional amenities such as a nursery for two-year-olds.

Headteacher Damon Donaldson said: “Our existing school building has served the community of Lower Ince and beyond well for more than 100 years.

“But in that time our educational systems have changed dramatically and the new building is truly what our children and community deserve.

“It will enable our children and future generations of children to make the most out of all the wonderful learning opportunities that are now available.”

Funding for the new premises has been secured through the Priority Schools Building Programme and education bosses have worked with the council to realise their vision for the new venue.

At the moment the school, which is home to 250 pupils aged three to 11, is based in a building which was originally built in 1906.

School bosses say this is too small to deliver the national curriculum to its full potential.

The new building will be built at the opposite end of the school grounds to where the existing building currently stands.

It will be a single storey modern building designed specifically for modern educational needs.

The ‘L’ shaped premises will provide high quality facilities and space to enable children to flourish in a 21st century school building.

It will be built in modern materials and be welcoming, light and energy efficient.

Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “This new building promises to deliver outstanding facilities for young people and the wider community of Lower Ince.

“Britannia Bridge will have all the facilities and resources to enable the pupils to realise their potential and access new and exciting opportunities.”

A planning application has been received by the Council and will be heard by the planning committee later in the year.

And subject to planning permission, the new school will be built while the existing school is still in operation.

This means pupils won’t have to be disrupted during term time.

Coun Jo Platt, Wigan Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, added: “At Wigan Council we are committed to giving every child the best possible start in life.

“A new modern building for the pupils and community of Lower Ince will enable them to access the very best in modern education facilities and help every child to achieve their very best.”

A number of other schools have also been revamped after receiving the Priority Schools Building Programme grant including The Deanery High and Golborne High.