Jarrow landmark bites the dust

GOING ... going ... gone! Part of the educational history of South Tyneside is being flattened by a demolition squad.

Dating back to 1911, the original building at Jarrow School – formerly Jarrow Grammar School – in Field Terrace, will soon be no more.

The building is being flattened after the creation of a new 20m superschool on the same site, officially opened just weeks ago.

But there is some sadness that another part of Jarrow's heritage will disappear.

Generations of children were educated at the building, including such VIP students as Jarrow Arrow Steve Cram and rock stars Alan Price and John Miles.

Head of School Jill Gillies said: "It is very sad that the old building is going, as it is seen as a landmark of Jarrow. The Edwardian building is very well known and part of the town's history.

"But education has moved on and we now have a state-of-the-art building, fit for the 21st century."

Demolition of the old school was delayed late last year, because bulldozing would have interfered with bats in the building.

Plans were put on ice during the bat hibernation season, with demolition work only legally allowed to start this spring.

Bat boxes were placed in the school grounds, and creviced bat bricks installed into the fabric of the new school.

Jarrow Grammar School later became Springfield Comprehensive and then Jarrow School several years ago, following amalgamation with Hedworthfield Comprehensive.

The old building is one of the final sections of the former school to be demolished, after the flattening of units dating from the 1960s and 1980s.

Jarrow School recently became part of South Tyneside's first Trust school, joining forces with Harton Technology College, to boost academic achievement.