Historic school to unveil £3m revamp

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a £3m refurbishment which has seen a historic North Yorkshire school completely transformed is set to be revealed.

Friarage Primary School, in Scarborough, is opening to parents and members of the community tomorrow to show-off the results of the landmark building’s major modernisation.

Work has included refurbishment of all classrooms, the school hall, kitchen, staff facilities, and toilets within its two original Victorian buildings.

Headteacher Eilis Siddall said: “It’s been a tough 18 months while the building work has been taking place and children, staff and families have dealt with the necessary disruption admirably. But we are all now absolutely thrilled with the newly refurbished school. We’re very aware that Friarage has a distinguished history and while the new building work is sympathetic, it also supports the needs of the school which has now entered the 21st century.”

Friarage School was built in 1896 and its name reflects the fact it stands near to a site originally occupied by Franciscan friars. It is one of three schools in the seaside town to have benefited from a multi-million pound investment by North Yorkshire County Council through the Primary Capital Programme.