School could have stayed

Sir,

At £200,000 someone has themselves a real bargain with the old Greasley Beauvale School building.

I would have thought the land itself is worth that much and perhaps the building would lend itself to a very tasteful renovation as a series of dwellings etc.

However, just how much thought was given to renovating the building as a school I wonder?

A great deal one would hope as the new school has reportedly cost £6m.

We read that the new ‘state-of-the-art’ school, a silly description which usually means a dull dour functional prefab job, is full of home comforts for the modern precious teacher.

I doubt that such a development would even be standing after 130-odd years let alone look as charming and full of character as Beauvale School does.

Surely with modern building techniques it would have been possible to have spent a fraction of the £6m in order to produce a renovated Beauvale School incorporating everything needed in a modern teaching environment.

The present headteacher could have had more than ‘a few artefacts on show’ as it was put.

In fact they could have had The DH Lawrence Memorial School where no doubt local parents would have been proud to send their kids to learn and to be proud of a wonderful heritage.

Just a thought but alas it was not to be!

Chris Barlow

Upper Dunstead Road

Langley Mill