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Plans for New School Revealed

Plans for a new school in South Tyneside have been unveiled.

An application to build a new school to replace the current Toner Avenue Primary School in Hebburn will go before the Council's Planning Committee in the next few months.

If the plans are approved, South Tyneside parents and carers could look forward to seeing work start on a new school later this year.

If given the go-ahead, the current school, which is in a poor state of repair, would be demolished and a larger replacement built to the rear of the existing school. The new school would feature a two-storey teaching block, a double height hall which would also be used for community use, playing fields, hard play areas, a Multi Use Games Area and a secure Early Years garden.

Children would continue to use the existing school while the new school is under construction.

The new school would initially cater for 630 pupils between the ages of 4 and 11 and would help to accommodate new families moving into the area. There would be three classes in each year as well as a nursery, initially with 26 places

The move to incorporate an additional class in each year reflects the expected increase in pupil numbers as a result of new housing developments in Hebburn.

Councillor Joan Atkinson, Lead Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: "Hebburn has seen significant growth in recent years with hundreds of new homes built. Our plan for a new school demonstrates our commitment to meet the educational needs of new families moving into the town.

"We recognise that the school environment can impact positively on children's learning and academic progress so our investment in new facilities which are fit for the 21st century are critical in making sure all our children have the best start in life."

Headteacher Mr Michael Arthur said: "This could be an amazing opportunity for the children of Toner Avenue.  They deserve the very best learning environment and the new school would provide them with just that. 

"We are all very excited about the project and the plans show that soon Toner Avenue could have a state of the art building for the children to learn, flourish and excel in."


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