Unique 'Buy a Brick' offer in Hillfields

December 22 2017

STAFF at Minerva Primary Academy have launched a unique fundraising drive where locals are being given the chance to get their hands on their own piece of Hillfields history.

STAFF at Minerva Primary Academy have launched a unique fundraising drive where locals are being given the chance to get their hands on their own piece of Hillfields history.

The school, in The Greenway, is  being demolished and replaced by a modern building.

Although its buildings are now outdated, the school, which was formerly Hillfields Primary School, has earned a special place in the hearts of many local residents who went there themselves and now their children attend.

Jess Crossley, the academy's parent support worker, said the demolition work presented an ideal opportunity to help support pupils. 

"As the old building is slowly demolished, we have kept some of the original bricks as mementos of the old school, which I'm sure holds many memories for a lot of the community. 

"We are selling these bricks, polished and decorated with a plaque, for £5 each. Local residents who have a current connection with the school have been eager to buy themselves one of these keepsakes, but we are aware that there may be other neighbours who do not know about this project."

The new two-storey development will feature a nursery, reception classrooms, infant classrooms, junior classrooms, offices, staff facilities, a main hall, studio and kitchen as well as new landscaping.

The project is to be completed using modern methods of off-site construction which will enable building work to be finished in a much quicker time-scale.

The new building is scheduled for completion in November 2018 and the official opening is programmed for July 2019.

Once completed, the current capacity of 300 pupils will increase to 420.

During demolition and construction, pupils have been located in part of the school, with additional learning space provided using a temporary Elliott classroom.

To order a brick, please contact Cath Archer on 0117 377 2990.