CHILDREN will visit the site of their new school in Goldthorpe as it is built and report back to their classmates.
Contractor Robertson Construction, which is constructing the new 310-pupil school on Doncaster Road, has invited 15 village youngsters to become Robertson Reporters and write progress reports on the project.
Site clearance work has begun ahead of the 48-week building programme, with the new school expected to be finished by next summer and open for the start of the autumn term in a year’s time.
Barnsley Council is funding the project on land that has previously been cleared of 190 terraced houses.
The contractors will also give safety talks and there will be a school trip to the steel fabrication company to learn about the journey of steel, from raw material to construction site
Cllr Roy Miller, the council’s Cabinet spokesperson for place, said: “It’s fantastic that work is now underway on the school.
“It will act as a catalyst for investment in the area and bring a much needed uplift to Goldthorpe.
“The school will also raise the confidence of businesses and housing developers in Goldthorpe and will we hope make a significant contribution to the future economic prosperity of the area — one of Barnsley Council’s key priorities.”
Parents are being urged to warn their children to stay away from the building site, which will only be open through supervised visits.
Part of the building work will require the temporary closure of Central Street and part of Main Street.
More details of these closures will be released nearer the time.