New £3.2m extension to officially open at Morecambe school

Lancaster Road School.
Lancaster Road School.

A new extension at Eric Morecambe’s old primary school will officially open next week.

Lancaster Road Primary School will hold an opening ceremony for its new £3.2m single storey, six-classroom extension on Thursday, November 24.

The new building also includes a multi-use hall, group/interview rooms, a new entrance and a staff room.

A new playground has also been built, and the car park and kitchen facilities at the school have been extended.

The extension will result in the capacity at the school increasing from 420 to 630 pupils by the 2020/21 academic year.

The building was needed to meet the additional demand for places now and in the future in the area. The school has now become a three-form entry, rather than the previous two-form.

The official opening will be carried out by the chairman of Lancashire County Council, Janice Hanson. The county council funded the work.

The school’s chair of governors, Adrian Toulmin, will help cut the ribbon during the opening.

Mr Toulmin has been a governor at the school for 28 years, including being the vice chair from 2008 and chair since 2011.

Paul Gabriel, head teacher at Lancaster Road Primary School, said: “The new building has made such a huge difference to what we can offer to pupils, parents and the community at our school.

“The learning environment has been improved because of the increased space we now enjoy.

“We are now really looking forward to being able to celebrate the new school building at the official opening. This is a great day for pupils, governors, staff and parents.”

County Councillor Nikki Hennessy, lead member for schools, said: “I’m sure I’ll be impressed by the quality of the facilities and the learning environment created for the pupils.

“Importantly we’ve been able to expand a school that hadn’t got the places available that it needed for the growing population in the Morecambe and Heysham area.”

The extension was designed in-house by Lancashire County Council’s Design and Construction team.

Famous Morecambe-born comedian John Eric Bartholomew, better known as Eric Morecambe, was a pupil at the school during the 1930s.