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New look primary school opens its doors to community

Lancashire County Council chairman Michael Devany officially reopens Bowerham Primary School, along with head Joanne Longworth, head boy Rhys Cole and head girl Gracie Gerrard.

Lancashire County Council chairman Michael Devany officially reopens Bowerham Primary School, along with head Joanne Longworth, head boy Rhys Cole and head girl Gracie Gerrard.

Celebratory events have been held to mark the refurbishment of a Lancaster primary school.

An official opening of the new extension at Bowerham Primary School was held last week, along with an open day for members of the Bowerham community to go along and see inside the school.

The new building was opened by the chairman of Lancashire County Council, Michael Devany, and included a tour of the school led by prefects. This was followed by speeches and a short film which told the story of the project.

The staff and children had also made a musical video to the song Happy by Pharell Williams, and guests were treated to live music from the school’s steel band.

The afternoon was well attended with more than 200 visitors going through the doors.

Local residents then went along to an evening event to toast the opening alongside staff both past and present.

The expansion came about as a result of the rising birth rate and expected increase in intake into primary schools.

The county council’s cabinet member for children and schools agreed in May 2011 to expand the pupil capacity of Bowerham Primary School from 280 children to 420 children.

The internal remodelling and extension has provided four new classrooms with a large central resource area, a new school meals kitchen, relocation of the entrance area, office accommodation and parking facilities, remodelled toilet facilities, a remodelled library and meeting room and extended external areas.

In addition to the accommodation project, it was identified that the existing boiler and heating system needed replacement as part of the

programme.

This was completed as part of the whole project and enabled a new boiler to be located within the new build area and the main heating system within the older part of the school to be replaced.

Works began in January 2013 and finished last month, six months ahead of the initial programme dates.

The project was undertaken on a phased programme to cause minimal disruption to the operation of school and to achieve the increasing number of class bases required to accommodate the rise in pupil numbers accordingly.

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