Wednesday, March 29, 2023

News: Work begins on redevelopment of former Rotherham grammar school


Work has begun on the £5.9m redevelopment of the former Maltby Grammar School building in Rotherham.

The project, part of a winning bid secured by Rotherham Council through the Government’s Levelling Up Fund, will extend the Trust’s Post 16 specialist facilities, and create an incubator space for training, apprenticeships, and start up support in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

David Sutton, Chief Executive Officer of Maltby Learning Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce that work has now started on redeveloping the old Maltby Grammar School.

“The works will see the old Grammar School building repurposed and will create a community resource that accommodates local services, supports wellbeing, employment and enterprise, and provides substantial learning opportunities for the Maltby community.”

The Levelling Up Fund will provide £4.5m towards the project which will see the building including the landmark clocktower, transformed into a three-story community space to include bookable workspaces, serviced hot-desking, seminar rooms, a community coffee shop, and an apprenticeship/skills development centre. The Trust is about to launch a ‘buy-a-brick’ fundraising scheme to secure the additional funding required for the project.

“This is an exciting time for Maltby Learning Trust and this project will see us taking a building that hasn’t been occupied for nearly a decade and create an inclusive multi-functional space that will host a series of community events and learning activities.

“In addition, the project will provide a state-of-the-art Post 16 facility for students who attend Maltby Academy and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy sixth form provision. This will be a fantastic new resource for our students focusing on both the specialist course delivery and supporting the transition into the world of work."

Dame Julie Kenny, Chair of Maltby Learning Trust, added: "This is a significant milestone for the Trust. Repurposing the old Grammar School building will result in an amazing facility for both our Post 16 students and the local community.

“When completed, the building will provide the opportunity for the world of education and business to come together seamlessly and establish clear progression routes from Sixth Form into training and employment. It will support new business enterprises and will provide the local community with a sustainable training resource centre.”

The project is part of a £20m pound investment secured by Rotherham Council to help improve the leisure economy and skills in Rotherham.

Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “It’s wonderful to see work starting on this project which will provide a fantastic facility to harness and grow Rotherham’s future leisure industry, whilst repurposing one of the borough’s most recognisable educational buildings.”

Other attractions also benefiting from the Levelling Up funding include Wentworth Woodhouse, Thrybergh Country Park, Rother Valley Country Park, Magna and Skills Street at Gulliver’s Valley.

Maltby Learning Trust website

Images: Maltby Learning Trust


Anonymous,  March 29, 2023 at 5:13 PM  

Great news for Maltby

Anonymous,  March 30, 2023 at 12:36 AM  

And for those who believe that socially important buildings should be saved and repurposed wherever possible

Anonymous,  March 30, 2023 at 7:05 PM  

Just in time before it followed the Corporation Street model

Anonymous,  March 31, 2023 at 7:07 AM  

Any Maltby Grammar old boys on here? Be nice to hear some reminisces

Anonymous,  March 31, 2023 at 10:44 AM  

Or Spurley old boys even

Anonymous,  March 31, 2023 at 4:02 PM  

Most of spurley boys probably in prison...used to be!

Anonymous,  March 31, 2023 at 5:47 PM  

I'm glad the school saw sense on this one. From the outside, the old school is a really great looking building and I for one am pleased to see that common sense prevailed on this scheme.

It shows that when it comes to regeneration, knock down and replace isn't always the best solution, contrary to what RMBC believes. It's just a shame that we've lost so many beautiful buildings, unique to our town, largely due to the uselessness of the council and it's beyond a joke planning dept which should have gone into special measures years ago.

Anonymous,  March 31, 2023 at 11:05 PM  

Agree about Rotherham Planning which is an oxymoron if ever there was one. Destroy buildings (eventually) and replace them with monstrosities (eventually) has been the council's planning blueprint for generations. That alongside it's programme of promotion from within until the incompetence tipping point is reached and there you have the Rotherham lack of success in a nutshell. The people of Rotherham deserve better,but then we always have

Anonymous,  April 1, 2023 at 9:08 PM  

It is really unfair to mock Rotherham Planning Department so mercilessly I really admire the way that they always consult the public before any new developments, something other council's could usefully copy. Only last week the council initiated consultation proceedings in respect of proposed floodlight pylons at Millmoor.

Anonymous,  April 2, 2023 at 10:35 PM  

Relax, they are calling in Suella Braverman to sort it out

Anonymous,  April 3, 2023 at 4:16 PM  

They've just turned down the planning application on the grounds that it will detract from the view of Boothy's scrap yard

Anonymous,  April 4, 2023 at 9:37 PM  

Thank goodness for that. I love the view of Boothy"s scrap yard from Coronation Bridge. It reminds me of my youth in the Cotswolds

Anonymous,  April 5, 2023 at 3:11 PM  

I agree. It's just like Bourton in the Water

Anonymous,  April 6, 2023 at 10:05 AM  

But without the tea rooms

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