New school ready for learning 

Bolton Council hands over the keys for the new Clarendon Primary School
Councillor Linda Thomas, Deputy Leader of Bolton Council, Councillor Kevin Mckeon, Cabinet Member for Schools, pictured with Ward Councilors and the headteacher and pupils at Clarendon School

Bolton Council has completed work on the new Clarendon Primary School and has officially handed the keys to the school.

The new £6.5m school building has been developed in Heywood Park and is a modern, 21st century building which will provide all the facilities and technology needed for today’s young learners.

To maximise its unique location within the park, all of the seven ground floor classrooms will have direct access to their own outside covered teaching, learning and play space whilst the older pupils on the upper floor can enjoy access to a large external teaching terrace with views across the park and their new grounds.   

It will eventually incorporate decorative architectural features that are hoped to be reclaimed from the former Clarendon school which opened in 1886, and the school’s two large rolls of honour in memory of former pupils who fought and died in the First World War will be proudly displayed in the lobby area once these have been restored by Bolton Museum and will be installed in the new school later in the year.

Pupils will be moving into the new building after the Easter holidays and will officially start lessons in their new building on Tuesday April 29.

Councillor Kevin McKeon, Cabinet Member for Schools and Skills said: “We’re really excited to finally take possession of this new building, which will provide all the facilities and technology needed for 21st century learning. We really hope the children and teachers enjoy their new school. We’re pleased that it will also incorporate elements of the history of the old school, so it continues the school’s links with the local community.”

Margaret Asquith, Director of Adults and Children’s Services said: “The former Clarendon Primary School had a long history with the community but was no longer suitable for a modern learning environment, so we were pleased to be able to commission a new building for the school. We hope that this new building will be enjoyed by students and will become a new part of the community.” 

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