Kids make their mark

Pupils and staff from St Joseph's RC Primary School, Millfield, with governors, councillors, officials and builders creating the foundation stone for their new school.

Pupils and staff from St Joseph's RC Primary School, Millfield, with governors, councillors, officials and builders creating the foundation stone for their new school.

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A HOLLYWOOD touch is allowing pupils to leave a lasting mark on their new £6million school.

In the style of a LA walk of fame, children from St Joseph’s RC Primary School wrote their names into a foundation stone at the site.

Eleven classrooms, an IT suite, a hall and library will be among the features in the new building, which is being built on part of the playing fields of the existing school in Millfield.

Once the old buildings are demolished, the land will be used as a school garden and floodlit games area.

The need for a new school was identified as part of Children’s Services Primary Strategy for Change.

Plans were drawn up by governors and the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for the multimillion-pound new school in Rutland Street.

Headteacher Maureen Galbraith said: “We are delighted to combine the heritage and teaching traditions of our school built up over the last hundred years, with new facilities for the 21st century to provide our pupils with the best possible start in their education.”

Coun Pat Smith portfolio holder for children and learning city, said: “Our commitment to providing all children in Sunderland with the best educational facilities and opportunities that we can, is demonstrated by this new investment in a brand new school.”

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