End of an era as Colne primary school upgrades

A New Chapter: Staff and pupils say goodbye to their 100-year-old home (s)
A New Chapter: Staff and pupils say goodbye to their 100-year-old home (s)

THERE was a mixture of excitement and sadness among staff and pupils as Laneshaw Bridge Primary School saw its last day of teaching.

The school’s doors were locked for the final time on Wednesday of last week after years of planning and preparation for the move to new premises.

The school, built in 1912, has gradually been housing more pupils each year, leading to a sizeable extension being added and the building undergoing refurbishment during the past decade.

However, the ever-increasing population of the school’s community has become too much for the 100-year-old building, and the long-awaited move to bigger premises has taken place over the half term.

Headteacher Eileen Bleasdale said: “We’ve had a very positive reaction from parents and pupils, who have been willing to help out during the move.

“We’re all looking forward to the new chapter we are about to begin. This journey has built up over the last few years and has led to a fantastic, beautiful new building being built for us. It has been eagerly awaited.”

During the weeks approaching the closing date, the children were treated to assemblies where they were taught all about the history of the school over the past century.

The new building, located in Emmott Lane, has been under construction since 2011, and was designed with help from staff at the school.

Mrs Bleasdale said: “We are a popular and successful school, strong in the performing arts and sports, and we finally have the facilities to exercise all of the talent that our pupils have.”

Children and parents will have the opportunity to look around the new school on Monday November 5th, when the school opens.

A special firework party, sponsored by local businesses, is being held, which parents, carers, pupils, staff and governors have been invited to. Entertainment will include a magician and a DJ from 6pm.

The school’s brand new kitchen facilities will be used in order to provide refreshments for all who attend, including a pie and peas supper.

The official opening day will be held on Thursday, November 29th, when staff are hoping for Colne’s Olympi