How new-look school will leave a legacy for the pupils of 2062

Shape of things to come: pupils in the new school hall
Shape of things to come: pupils in the new school hall

THIS year will be one to remember at Heptonstall Junior, Infant and Nursery School.

For the past 12 months, building work has been under way at the village school to provide state-of-the-art learning facilities.

New classrooms, a hall, library and computer suite are being constructed and, once completed, work will begin to transform the outdoor space, creating a new sports field and a multi-use games area.

With the completion date drawing near, staff and children are eagerly anticipating the start of a new era.

“It’s getting more and more exciting,” said head teacher David Perrin.

While refurbishment is carried out, the school has been moved into temporary classrooms on the site.

“It’s been the biggest challenge of my career,” Mr Perrin said. “The hard work that the staff have done to make it non-disruptive for the children has been fantastic.

“The children have been involved in the building process. They have been taken around the site wearing high-visibility vests. It’s nice they were part of that.

“I said to them they will become part of the school’s history. They will be able to tell their grandchildren that they were pupils when the building was built.”

The new facilities will not just be of benefit to the school.

“In the past we have had to limit the numbers but we will have far more capacity to take more pupils,” Mr Perrin said.

“We also want to encourage community use of the building.

“The design really lends itself to that. I think every school should be part of a community.”

A time capsule containing a school jumper, photos of the children, a lunch menu, a picture of the building work and a set of coins will be planted in the grounds, to be opened in 2062.

There will also be the latest head teacher’s report, a list of every child at the school and a CD of school songs. “It will be our legacy,” he said.