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First pupils are last to leave old school

The last day for Charles Saer school, Fleetwood in its current building before moving into a new purpose built school. 
 Two of the schools first pupils Frances Cartmell and Edward Verity with two current pupils Kerry Eltman and Kai Ewan Haigh.

The last day for Charles Saer school, Fleetwood in its current building before moving into a new purpose built school. Two of the schools first pupils Frances Cartmell and Edward Verity with two current pupils Kerry Eltman and Kai Ewan Haigh.

It was the end of an era at Charles Saer Primary School when the doors were closed for the final time on Thursday.

The Grange Road school has a brand new building – a purpose-built school which has cost millions.

And now the children are off school for the rest of the week while the enormous task of moving everything from the old building to the new one is carried out.

The last day was an emotional one for everyone involved.

It has seen thousands of Fleetwood people walking the corridors since it first opened in 1958.

And two of those old pupils, in fact the ones who first walked through the doors way back then, were there to symbolically be the last to leave.

Frances Cartmell and Eric Verity met some of the pupils who were looking forward to getting in to their superb new school.

Headteacher Carolyn Thackway said:

“The new school is part of an £18.3m investment into six of Fleetwood’s primary schools and Charles Saer was able to use it’s chunk of cash to entirely rebuild its school to replace the outdated 1950s building.

“The children have been so excited.

“It will bring Charles Saer smack bang into the 21st century.

“It has been a long journey but we have been lucky to have had so much input about decisions regarding where we want things. We wanted a school for the community.”

Teaching rooms are on the outside of the building’s curve and they all have an outdoor area with glazed canopies which can be protected by shutters.

The school will retain its cricket/football pitch but has an all-weather multi-use games area.

Other outdoor facilities include a habitat area with planting, a growing zone with an allotment and two play areas – one with a maritime theme and another with boulders and sandpit to reflect the town’s place by the sea.

 

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