It has been a year of great excitement at Worthington Primary in Sale Moor, as the whole school community has witnessed the development of the new school building.
After 108 years of continuous education on the Worthington Road site, the brand new modern, purpose-built school will be ready to open in September 2013.
Worthington Primary School – the first Council school erected in Cheshire – opened on Monday 25th September 1905, with Mr Slate at the helm. It was built in replacement of the Sale Lodge School, colloquially known as the ‘Marl Pit School’. The current school was named in memory of Mrs Worthington, whose benevolence provided the land for Worthington Park.
Throughout the long history of the school, pupils have witnessed some major events, including the temporary closure of the school in the winter of 1918/19 due to a disastrous outbreak of Spanish Flu. During the Second World War, air raid shelters were excavated and children even witnessed an aerial dog fight!
During the last 108 years, the school’s rich tradition has been upheld and current headteacher Mr Clive Searle continues this practice. He is clear that despite the move to a new building, the school will take with it the best of the old and at the same time the best of the new.
“The whole community of Sale Moor will benefit from the opportunities that our new school will provide. It has been an exciting venture for all those involved in the build and a marvellous learning opportunity for the children and staff. Everyone is so excited about what we can achieve in the new Worthington Primary. The superb partnership between Trafford, the school and our build partners, Willmott Dixon has ensured the very best possible outcome for generations of children, families and staff.”
With work nearing completion, the existing school will be demolished with the best of the old, including the magnificent commemorative stained glass window finding a home in the new design.
In order for those who have ever had an association with the school to visit one last time, the school is inviting past pupils and their families, along with any past members of staff to take a trip down memory lane when the school opens between 4.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. on Monday 15th July. Guided tours of the school will be available, leaving from the school hall at regular intervals. Pictures and memorabilia from the school’s long history will be on display and visitors will be treated to light refreshments. Please do come!