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18 December 2015

Newman school to relocate temporarily to old Pennine Way Primary site

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Plans to reopen the old Pennine Way Primary School to accommodate students from Newman Catholic School following the recent floods, are being put into action and additional temporary classrooms will begin being installed on site in the coming days.

The first additions will be 12 Titan Portakabin units which will be located on the hardstanding on the north end of the school site. Fencing is currently being removed to allow access.

These units, together with alterations being undertaken to the Primary School by Top Notch Contractors, will be then ensure that the accommodation will be ready for the Newman School students to move into at the start of the spring term (4 January).

Portakabin will then start the installation of 24 classroom units (general and specialist teaching spaces) on the grassed area to the south east side of the site. These will cover an area roughly the size of a football pitch. This will take around four weeks and on completion the original 12 Titan units will be removed.

Discussions have begun on the possibility of utilising the old Community Centre buildings for 6th Form use, school transport arrangements are also being put in place to ensure a smooth transition.

It is not known at this stage how long Newman will occupy the old Primary school.

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cabinet Member for Schools and Learning, said:

“We’ve worked closely with Newman school on this and pulled out all the stops to get such a significant and largescale temporary solution in place so fast. This means that pupils can get back into normal education within four weeks of their school being put out of action by Carlisle’s devastating flooding. I’m proud we’ve managed to pull this off, ensuring every child gets a great education is a top priority.”

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Plans to reopen the old Pennine Way Primary School to accommodate students from Newman Catholic School following the recent floods, are being put into action and additional temporary classrooms will begin being installed on site in the coming days.