Lancaster’s largest primary school gets even bigger

Showing off the plaque outside one of Moorside Primary School's new buildings are some of the pupils, with opener Lancashire County Council chairman Coun Margaret Brindle (back right), cabinet member for schools County Coun Matthew Tomlinson (back fourth right), headteacher Roger Shone (left), staff and key guests. Photo by Steve Pendrill.
Showing off the plaque outside one of Moorside Primary School's new buildings are some of the pupils, with opener Lancashire County Council chairman Coun Margaret Brindle (back right), cabinet member for schools County Coun Matthew Tomlinson (back fourth right), headteacher Roger Shone (left), staff and key guests. Photo by Steve Pendrill.

Lancaster’s largest primary school has just got bigger.

Moorside Primary School, in Bowerham Road, held a grand opening on Tuesday to mark the official opening of its new extension buildings.

Moorside Primary School's music pupils welcome guests to the opening ceremony of the school's new extensions. Photo by Steve Pendrill.

Moorside Primary School's music pupils welcome guests to the opening ceremony of the school's new extensions. Photo by Steve Pendrill.

The changes mean the school has become a three class intake for the first time.

The school currently has 477 pupils from Reception up to Year 6, but this is expected to rise to a maximum of 630 children over the next seven years.

The current Reception and Year 1 intakes are 90 children each, while all other year groups have 60.

On Tuesday, members of the school council from Year 2 to Year 6 and vice house captains met with the chairman of Lancashire County Council, building officials, governors of the school and even an ex-headteacher to mark the official opening.

Moorside Primary School children are briefed by assistant head Kate O'Neill and deputy head Jonathan Whitwell during the opening of the new school buildings. Photo by Steve Pendrill.

Moorside Primary School children are briefed by assistant head Kate O'Neill and deputy head Jonathan Whitwell during the opening of the new school buildings. Photo by Steve Pendrill.

Guests of the grand opening were treated to performances from the school choir and their very own musicians while also getting the chance to have a look around the new state-of-the-art classrooms.

The school’s expansion and upgrading of facilities means that Moorside will be able to offer even more opportunities and cements its reputation as an excellent community primary school that caters for children from all over the world.

The expansion plans follow proposals for Lancaster Road Primary School in Morecambe, which could also grow in size to meet the increasing population in the district.