Two Wirral schools set to benefit from rebuild programme

13 July 2022
Exterior view of Mosslands School in Wallasey

Riverside Primary School in Seacombe and Wallasey’s Mosslands School are among just 61 schools across the country to be selected for investment through the Government's School Rebuilding Programme.

Both schools will receive major upgrades after being awarded funds that will transform education for their pupils as part of a national £1bn investment to level up education.

The new buildings will be energy efficient designs with high sustainability standards and will be net zero in operation. Offering excellent facilities, the upgrades will transform the learning environment and support teachers to deliver a high-quality education, so that pupils gain the knowledge, skills and qualifications they need to succeed.

Simone White, Wirral Council’s Director for Children, Families and Education, said: “I am delighted with the funding decision. The work will transform the educational environment children learn in, ensuring all children have access to high quality facilities and activities to help them fulfil their potential.”

Christina Lahive, Headteacher at Riverside Primary School, added: “It is such wonderful news that the children, parents and staff of Riverside Primary School are getting the building that they deserve. We are so excited to be given this opportunity to embed ourselves even more firmly as the beating heart of our community.”

The project is being managed and funded by the Department for Education. Meetings will now take place between the Department for Education, the schools and Wirral Council to develop what the rebuilds will look like.

Adrian Whiteley, Headteacher at Mosslands School added, "All of the staff and students are delighted by the news that our school is to be rebuilt. This means so much to us and to our community.  The new building will give our students access to an educational experience that their talents deserve, and our community a place to be proud of. 

As a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) centre of excellence, it has been difficult bringing 21st century technology to life in a building designed at the end of the second world war.  This new building will help us build on the excellent practice we have in an environment that matches our ambition for the boys. 

Our mission is to ensure that that all members of our school community have the highest expectations in becoming lifelong learners and good citizens ready to contribute positively to the wider community.  We, in partnership with families, strive to develop ambition in each and every student by creating high quality learning opportunities – both inside and outside of the classroom – to develop knowledge, skills and good habits necessary to succeed in a technologically advanced world. This will be more easily fulfilled in a building that is designed with this in mind and we are all very excited at the prospect."

Schools will keep parents at both schools informed about construction plans for the new school facilities as more details become available. 

These schools were prioritised because they met one or more of the following criteria:

  • they have buildings of specific construction types that require replacement
  • their buildings have the highest condition need, identified in data collected in the condition data collection (CDC) and verified through collecting additional condition information
  • their buildings have severe and urgent condition need that meant they were a high priority for replacement