New primary school gets to the heart of the community

County Coun Arthur Barker, Sally Swales, County Coun Tim Swales, head girl Evie Slinger, headteacher Catherine Boocock, raconteur Gervase Phinn, head boy Travis Taylor and Jill Donaldson, chair of governors.
County Coun Arthur Barker, Sally Swales, County Coun Tim Swales, head girl Evie Slinger, headteacher Catherine Boocock, raconteur Gervase Phinn, head boy Travis Taylor and Jill Donaldson, chair of governors.
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A new community primary school in Bentham has opened its doors to pupils to bring the communities of High and Low Bentham, as well as Burton-in-Lonsdale, under one roof.

North Yorkshire County Council has funded the construction of the new Bentham Community Primary School , in Low Bentham Road, which provides places for up to 150 children plus a nursery.

County Coun Arthur Barker, executive member for schools, said: “This date will mark the culmination of many years of planning, the result of which is a landmark building for the provision of high-quality education to the children of High Bentham, Low Bentham and Burton-in-Lonsdale.”

The classrooms overlook the beautiful countryside which surrounds the site and the spaces within the school are designed to make the most effective use of natural light.

Extensive glazing across the school provides attractive, light and airy spaces to support teaching and learning.

The school has been designed to complement the architecture and building materials of the local area.

The living roof, cedar cladding and dry stone walls minimise the visual impact of the school and help it blend into its environment.

The principal contractors for the building were F. Parkinson Ltd and the design consultants Jacobs UK.

Bentham Primary School headteacher Catherine Boocock said: “The whole school is very excited by the prospects of being in such a beautiful new building which will provide such an inspiring environment for the children’s learning.”

County Coun David Ireton said: “This school will be the envy of the north.”

Guests were treated to a tour of the school at last Friday’s official opening.