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|Developments at Harton|
As the 2003/4 academic year finished, Ken Gibson sees the end of his first year as Headteacher (the post is no longer "Headmaster" I'm afraid). Since his arrival, there have been a number of changes at the school. Some classrooms have undergone a refurbishment, and almost all the 30 classrooms now have projectors in them.
Exam results from summer, 2003, proved very good, and the school continues to support achievements in sports and arts. But the arrival of Ken Gibson has seen a couple of new major changes that I'm sure will be of interest to previous students of the school.
The name has changed
... and so has the school
... and so will the buildings
When I last heard from Ken Gibson, back in April, he told me that funding had been secured for a new sports hall, and that building should start "later this year". He was also keen to squash rumours that the existing building was to be demolished. I know that he is keen to preserve the school's heritage, and that there is unlikely to be a wholesale demolition of the site (I think there'd be many objections to the destructon of what is one of the most significant buildings in the town, second only to the Town Hall).
I'm told that the frontage is likely to be preserved. I hope that it will be a little more than this - it should be possible to do some significant work behind the frontage without destroying the character of the front corridors and the hall (bearing in mind that much of the 1950s refurbishment was not particularly well done, and was somewhat out of character in places).
Clearly the hall itself would have to be expanded, but preserving its character within a new and modern building should be fairly easy.
The work should all be completed y 2007/8 ... and we will await developments. As far as possible, I'll keep the site up to date on news.
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