Head’s joy as keys for new Barnoldswick school are received

Michelle Dodgson with the keys for the new school along with Rebecca Moulden and Rachel Kemp.
Michelle Dodgson with the keys for the new school along with Rebecca Moulden and Rachel Kemp.

A Barnoldswick headteacher has spoken of her delight at receiving the keys for a new school building.

Finishing touches are currently being applied at the spacious, state-of-the-art Barnoldswick CE Primary School behind the West Craven Sports Centre in Kelbrook Road.

Headteacher Michelle Dodgson is looking forward to a fresh chapter in the school’s history when the new year begins in September, moving in to modernity and leaving behind the current cramped Victorian York Street location.

And the school has a special guest lined-up in October to officially open it when the Archbishop of York John Sentamu is set to return to Barnoldswick for the second time in a year.

Ms Dodgson said: “The children have been down to visit on Wednesday and are really excited. We had our sports day there last Friday and that was great too. Parents thought it was amazing.

“We just can’t get over the amount of space we have got in classrooms, the corridors, other rooms, in the kitchen area. On top of that, there are three playgrounds and a large playing field.

“We are getting brand new equipment to teach; interactive smart boards, laptops, iPads. We are getting all new software to teach the new curriculum as well.

“There will also be a new piano in the hall. We have an excellent choir. We just have everything going for us here.

“The space will allow us to have collective worship. I hesitate to call it a new school as I want to bring the with us the church school ethos.

“The school council wrote to the Archbishop and he said he was more than happy to come and officially open it after blessing the stone. We are really lucky.”

Building work on an all weather pitch is scheduled to start later in the year and the school will have an open day for parents and pupils on September 9th.