Posted on Wednesday 6 September 2017
The new £7 million Ravensworth Terrace Primary School
Pupils and staff at Ravensworth Terrace Primary School, Birtley will start their new school year in a brand new building today (September 6, 2017).
The 210 pupils who attend the school will move into the new purpose built learning facilities on Mount Pleasant Road, leaving behind its old Victorian school buildings which have served the local community for over 100 years.
More than £7 million has been invested in the new school which will provide an additional 210 places in the future. The school’s two form entry system will help meet the demand for more school places arising from current and new housing developments located within its catchment area. The school is currently rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
Gateshead Council was successful in bidding for funding aimed at rebuilding schools where schools would experience an increase in pupil numbers in the future. Money for the project came from the Department of Education’s Education Funding Agency, with a contribution from Gateshead Council.
The new two-storey school has been designed to maximise the space available on the site, with an internal layout which will provide a quality learning environment to meet the needs of its pupils.
Gateshead Council cabinet member for children and young people, Councillor Gary Haley said: “Providing a local school for our children is very important. The new school is at the heart of the community and is ideally placed to meet the needs of the people of Birtley both now and in the future. This fantastic new building certainly offers an inspirational learning environment where the children will be able to thrive and realise their potential.”
During building work for the new school an 18th century mine shaft was discovered on the site which resulted in additional remedial work being required and delays to the original building programme. The new school features flexible teaching spaces, large multi-purpose hall, learning resource area, kitchen and dining areas, outdoor learning opportunities plus multi-use games area and junior football pitch.
Ravensworth Terrace Primary School, Head Teacher Denise Thompson said: “We’ve been eagerly watching the new school being built and wanted the children to feel the excitement of starting the new academic year in their brand new school.
The staff and contractors have been working hard during the summer holiday to make sure this could happen. I am sure that everyone is going to be really impressed and proud of their new school surroundings.”
An official opening for the school will take place later in the school year.