Pupils 'dig' multi-million pound building

A turf-cutting ceremony took place at Wold Academy that is destined for a multi-million-pound rebuild.

Pupils joined Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson in digging the first bit of turf for the new school.

The Wold Road school is one of six Hull primaries that are being rebuilt under the Government's Priority School Building Programme. Funding for the new buildings has been provided as part of a major government scheme to improve schools in the poorest state of repair.

Rebecca Lewis, Associate Principal at Wold Academy, said: "The children are very excited, they can't wait. We are going to all be in one building rather than two. It will be very up-to-date and very modern.

"The children are deciding on the colour schemes and we will have a brand new library and three exciting outdoor learning areas.

"We will be using the building as a learning opportunity and the builders have already been in to talk to the children about the materials they are using."

Six primary schools in Hull will benefit from a share of £23m. As well as Wold Academy, Ainthorpe Primary School, in Ainthorpe Grove, west Hull, will also be rebuilt.

A turf-cutting ceremony was also held at Ainthorpe Primary School last month. Pupils and staff from the school were joined by council dignitaries, representatives from the Education Funding Agency and the contractor, Galliford Try, for the ceremony.

Leah Charlesworth, Executive Principal at Ainthorpe Primary School and Wold Academy, said: "The children are already talking about how incredible it will be and we cannot wait to watch it come together in the coming months.

"We have high expectation and aspirations for our students and this building will provide the perfect setting for those."


Photo courtesy of Hull Daily Mail