If you have been down Wharf Lane any time over the last few months you must have noticed the building works at Kirkby on Bain Primary School. Neighbours have watched with interest the progress of this welcome addition to the school ever since we were invited in one day in the summer for tea, cakes and a presentation by pupils, and the chance to chat about the project with Head Teacher Simon Morley. We saw the plans, heard about the advantages the hall would bring and offered suggestions. And now it’s here!
I would like to put on the record my praise for the contractors, not least for their consideration toward residents throughout the works. It wasn’t easy for them to unload materials from this narrow lane, but they did their level best to minimise disruption and to make sure we could get in and out of our drive.
The school has a proud history, dating back to 1812, when it was founded as Public Elementary School by John Brocklesby. It was rebuilt in 1871 and enlarged in 1896 to hold 110 children, and it has expanded in recent years to meet local needs. One such development was recognised by royalty when Princess Anne formally opened a classroom extension in October 1989.
The School’s reputation has also grown over time. In Simon’s words: “We work and learn together, striving to ensure that all children achieve their best in a happy and caring learning environment. Our teaching is based on the knowledge that all children are unique and have differing abilities and educational needs.”
It’s really good news that at last pupils and staff will no longer have to lunch in the classrooms and there is now an indoor space for all kinds of group activities. I was invited in for a look round the other day, and I was impressed – it’s a great space with all mod cons, also intended for community use, and we won’t miss the old car park one bit!
Over the coming weeks, furniture and equipment will be coming into the hall using money raised by the children and their families.
Yesterday the strains of children singing in the hall were heard in the lane, an unexpected bonus for neighbours.
You can follow further progress on the school website (look for latest news.)
Work in progress:
The finished article: