A NEW primary school will be built in Goldthorpe.

Barnsley Council has announced that Robertson, the construction group, has been appointed to design and build the new school, which is set to be finished by mid-2016.

The new school, which will provide a striking gateway building for Goldthorpe, fronting onto Doncaster Road, will be built on land previously cleared of terraced housing around the Main Street area.

Work will start on the site in summer 2015.

The single-storey building will provide space for 310 pupils and 26 full-time equivalent nursery spaces.

The school will also be designed to accommodate future expansion to a 420-place school if required, future-proofing this new school for anticipated housing growth in the area.

Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson for place, said: "It's expected to be a catalyst for the further regeneration of Goldthorpe by providing a landmark new building which will no doubt provide greater confidence for private developers to invest further in the town."

The existing school at the junction of Doncaster and High Street will be demolished and redeveloped as retail space.

Sarah Fields, headteacher at Goldthorpe Primary, said: "We're absolutely delighted that a new school is now a reality. Its bespoke design reflects the children's vision of what a truly effective learning environment should look like."

A public consultation event will be held at the school on December 3 from 3.30pm to 6pm, where people will be able to view a 3D model and give their feedback on the proposed layout and design.