DOORS have closed to pupils for the last time at Moldgreen School, ending 130 years of history.
The Victorian building is being shut because of major damp and wet rot problems.
Pupils having lessons after the Christmas holiday will do so in portable buildings in Ravensknowle Park for at least 18 months.
And a new permanent school building is to be built on the site of the existing school off The Avenue.
Mrs Christine Broadbent, of Ravensknowle Road, a school support assistant, said: "I feel very sad.
"I have been coming here for 14 years and have some good memories.
"Both my children came here and now my granddaughter comes."
Mrs Maureen Black, a lunchtime supervisor and cleaner who has also worked there for 14 years, had no such fond memories of the premises.
"It needs closing down. It's a mess inside," she said.
"The wood is rotting and the plaster is coming off the walls in the corridors and hall."
Head teacher Bob Whitehead, himself a former pupil, said: "The school was opened in 1873 for Victorian education. It has served its purpose and it is time to move on."
Kerry Gallagher, of Birkhouse Lane, who has a five-year-old son at the school, said: "I'm glad they are building a new school on the old site.
"My son has been coming here for a year and loves it.
"But from what the report said about the building there was dry rot and wet rot and it could possibly fall apart."
Mrs Shabina Zahid, of Coniston Avenue, who has two sons aged four and five at Moldgreen Community School, was not looking forward to moving to the temporary home.
"It's going to be really hard for the children.
"The school is in the park so their clothing and shoes will all get really dirty.
"My son only started in September and was just starting to settle down.
"I am not looking forward to the children moving to the temporary site but I can understand the reason behind it."
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