£3m. school re-build project complete

Bowland High School senior assistant head Andrea Yates inside the new school buildings.
Bowland High School senior assistant head Andrea Yates inside the new school buildings.
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A £3m. re-build of the main building at Bowland High School is now officially complete and students are already enjoying their new facilities.

Temporary classrooms have been in use for 15 months while the construction work was underway, and the project handover was finally completed and declared fit for purpose last Monday.

The new “Riversmead Building” connects the old library and the sports hall blocks and is now home to a large new classrooms, an assembly and dining hall and a new library. The building enjoys magnificent views of Pendle Hill and will be further enhanced by the new school yard, which will be opened after the site clearance has concluded.

The long-term hope is that the school complex will all eventually be housed under one roof.

The original main school building was built in 1865 and subsequently converted to a luxurious hotel in Edwardian times. “Riversmead” became an orphanage in the 1920s and also acted as a home from home for refugee children during the Second World War.

It was developed into its current incarnation as Bowland High School in 1949, but in its earlier years was always affectionately known as Riversmead, hence the name of the new building.