Multi-million-pound refurb provides top class learning environment at North Lincolnshire’s oldest school

Schools, Libraries and Learning
12:24, Friday, 21st July 2023

Frodingham Infant School has recently unveiled a £2.4m refurbishment and extension to its Grade 2 listed building that will provide a better space for children to learn and get the best start in life.

The refurb, which began in Easter 2022, was prompted by the council’s annual review of its buildings.

The school is the oldest surviving school building in North Lincolnshire, dating back to 1867 and created as part of the industrial settlement of New Frodingham.

The transformation has seen existing areas refurbished, a reorganisation of the layout and a new extension.

Cllr Julie Reed, cabinet member for children, families and communities, said: “From a cabinet member point of view, it was an easy decision to make to enable the children and families in this area to have a really high-class facility for their families.

“With it being a listed building, we wanted to retain its character.”

The old dining hall and nursery buildings have been demolished and the extension used to create a spacious new multi-use hall. A Year Two classroom has also been created, along with disabled toilets, offices and kitchen.

A previous internal courtyard has been converted into a covered outdoor space and a new school field has been created.

“The new build is absolutely wonderful and it’s absolutely right the children in our area have these fantastic facilities,” said Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft.

Further rewiring work will be carried out at the school during the summer to finalise the refurbishment work.

Barton St Peters Primary School and Scunthorpe CE Primary School are also set to undergo improvement works during the summer, thanks to a £260,000 council investment.

The council invests millions in schools across the area, with millions more provided from Government for additional projects and schemes.

In February, it was announced funding for school children across North Lincolnshire was to be increased by more than £7m, an average increase of more than £300 for each child.

Additional Government cash was also confirmed in April, with £5m to be shared among schools across the area through the Mainstream Schools Additional Grant.

Below: Flashback to February when the refurbishments were in full swing.

A school classroom under construction

Pupils and a teacher outside a school that is being rebuilt