Gainsborough: Building work to start at new primary school site later this month

The site of the former Castle Hills School, Gainsborough were anew primary school will soon be built if plans go ahead
The site of the former Castle Hills School, Gainsborough were anew primary school will soon be built if plans go ahead

Building work for a new primary school in Gainsborough is planned to start later this month.

The contractor for the project, Wilmott Dixon, plan to start work on the site on Monday 15th September.

The plan is to build a one form of entry primary academy with sporting facilities and modern learning spaces in the heart of the growing community.

It will provide top class facilities as well as much needed primary school places in Gainsborough.

The academy will be built on the site of the former Castle Hills secondary school and will be managed from design through to completion by Lincolnshire County Council.

The project will be funded jointly by the local authority and the Department for Education.

There is also a separate proposal to build an additional 130 homes on the site.

The new primary academy will open initially with a reception class only, offering up to the planned admission number of 30 places.

Successive reception intakes will be admitted in subsequent years until the academy is fully open in September 2021, offering 210 places from reception through to year six.

The new school will be operated as an academy by the Tall Oaks Academy which already operates two schools in Gainsborough

Children’s Services intends to fund the building of the new primary school using the same design used for Bourne, Spalding and Skegness.

Senior architect for the project, Dean Clark from Mouchel,spoke at a public consultation, held back in February.

He said: “We now want to create a new generation with the school.”

“The leisure centre is really well used and the school will compliment what happens there. ”

“The plans include a big hall and community store so local groups could use the hall and lock things away and will be able to use it after hours and it can be used in the summer and school holidays so won’t be left empty for long periods. ”

“And it has a breakfast and after school area so it gives parents more flexibility. ”

“It has got a few things going for it.”

A separate planning application will be submitted for the housing development at the site.