A HUDDERSFIELD primary school is set to move into its own grounds while major work takes place in the school building.
A modular school of high-quality temporary classrooms will allow Rowley Lane Junior, Infants and Nursery School in Lepton to carry on with business as usual.
The school has encountered problems with its heating which comes from a system installed in the 1970s. As a result, the heating system was switched off this week as a permanent measure.
Although temporary arrangements are in place and school life is continuing as normal, a permanent new heating system needs to be installed as soon as possible.
This means the school building will be unavailable for several weeks but, working with Kirklees Council, the school has announced plans for a modular school to be created.
It will comprise separate teaching spaces for every year group, a designated nursery area, an administration block and a school hall. The school will continue to have use of its outdoor play facilities and all measures and services will be installed to ensure the area is safe, dry and entirely appropriate for use as a school. The modular school will be created just behind the playground with all necessary equipment and facilities being transferred a few metres from their usual location.
The new accommodation is expected to be ready shortly after Christmas. In the meantime, pupils will stay in the permanent building where hot water is running as normal and temporary heaters are doing an effective job.
Rowley Lane is attended by around 450 pupils and is in the elite band of schools judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.
Headteacher Carol Martin said: “There is no doubt that these temporary arrangements are the best possible solution.
“It’s unavoidable that we need to vacate our usual building while major and urgent works take place, but the staff will make sure this is a positive experience for our pupils.