End of an era, a new one begins

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IT’S the end of an era for staff, pupils and parents of Cliffe Hill Community Primary School - but a new one is about to begin as moving day approaches.

Four years after plans were first drawn up for the new Lightcliffe school, the projection is nearing completion and pupils are preparing to make the big move to their new classrooms.

The original school building - now 58 years old - will be demolished but before it vanishes from the landscape, there will be the chance for pupils past and present, parents and members of the community to take a last look round on Monday, March 28, from 4pm to 6pm.

Head teacher Mrs Lindsay Lomas said: “We are all very excited about the move to the building. Back in 2008 the new building was just an architect’s sketch and to see it as a completed project is just fantastic. While we look forward to this new era, we also want to keep the many memories from the of building and have invited former pupils and staff to visit for an evening of nostalgia.

“We hope many people will come for a last walk round the building and a look at the photographs from the last six decades.”

Cliffe Hill was the first school in Calderdale to receive funding for a new building from the previous Government’s Primary Capital Programme. Work on the multi-million pound project started in mid-2009.

Mrs Lomas said: “We have been extremely fortunate to maintain our old building during this time and the children and staff have taken every opportunity to watch progress on site. We have had great support from Calderdale Access and Capital team and the contractors Willmott Dixon. The next event will be the grand opening of our new Cliffe Hill.”

On April 15 pupils will bury a time capsule in the courtyard of the new school building.