Walk between schools to get shorter with footpath

No Offence: Coppice School headteacher, Liz Davies and St Aidan's CE Primary School headteacher, Sandra Evans, with pupils from the two schools
No Offence: Coppice School headteacher, Liz Davies and St Aidan's CE Primary School headteacher, Sandra Evans, with pupils from the two schools

Pupils in South Ribble who have had to make a 10-minute detour or cross a muddy field to reach their adjoining school are celebrating at last.

St Aiden’s CE Primary School in Bamber Bridge and The Coppice School have secured funding for a new path to link the two schools.

Headteacher of St Aiden’s, Sandra Evans, said: “Our school shares a site with Coppice but there is a fence and a grassy area separating us.

“At the moment we have to go up our street, round the corner, and then down another street to get to them, which takes about five or 10 minutes.

“We do use the fence sometimes but we end up full of mud and the wheelchairs just get stuck.”

A £4,500 grant from the Community Bids Fund from South Ribble Partnership will mean work can soon get underway on creating the link.

Mrs Evans said: “We are on the same street and the only thing that separates us is a fence so it would be ideal to just come and go.

“They use our ICT suite and we use some of their DT facilities but we can’t use them during the winter months. The only thing stopping us from doing this earlier was the cost of it, and now we have this funding we can get started.

“It’s a joint partnership with the Prince’s Trust, who are providing the man power, and the partnership have provided the money so we can buy the materials. It will make a massive difference to us.

“We have also got some funding to build outdoor play equipment so it should eventually look really nice.”

Sarah Seddon, deputy headteacher at The Coppice School, said: “This is such good news and I think it’s a lovely opportunity for us to develop our links with a neighbouring school.

“It has proved very difficult for some of our pupils in the past to access the school and this path will mean a great deal to them and to us.”

The work is hoped to be finished by the end of May.