Dozens of four, five and six year old children got a warm welcome as they stepped into their brand new school for the first day of term.
The 23 reception class and seven Years 1 and 2 pupils are the first intake at the £3.14 million Bourne Elsea Park Primary Academy.
On Tuesday, the children and parents were given a guided tour of the large class rooms, IT suite and modern play equipment that they will use, in advance.
The school was built to cater mainly to families moving into the town’s Elsea Park development where 2,000 homes are being built in stages. The initial plan was for just a reception class, but due to a lack of space in Bourne schools, Lincolnshire County Council asked the Academy to take seven year 1 and 2 pupils.
Cherry Edwards is executive head teacher of Bourne Abbey Primary School and the new primary, who will be assisted with the day-to-day running of the new school by deputy head teacher Janet Crook and assistant head teacher Laura Spillett. Mrs Edwards, who had a say in some of the building’s design and ensured it had a “welcoming feel”, said: “This is a journey for the children. I wanted it to be an outstanding experience for them from the outset.”
Parents whose children will be among the new intake said they liked what they saw.
Water Lane, Bourne, couple Suzanne and Darren Newbold’s son Harry, four, is a reception class pupil.
Suzanne said: “What I’ve seen so far is very nice. I think Harry will be happy here.”
Lisa Young, of Elsea Park, who came with Mason, four, said: “It’s really nice. There’s loads for the children to do. I’m very impressed.”
Elsea Park resident Nick Rogers, whose daughter Harriet, four, is a pupil, liked the “nice and relaxed” atmosphere at the school.
Rebecca Sheldon, also of Elsea Park, said her son Bailey was “very impressed that his name was on a drawer”.
Demi-Marie Cressey, aged six, will be in the combined year 1 and 2. Her mum Frances, of Churchill Avenue, said: “I feel she will be very happy here.”
Assistant headteacher Ms Spillett, who is also reception class teacher, said she was “absolutely excited” to work in a brand new school.
John Kirkman, chairman of governors, said: “It’s a superb building. We’ve enhanced it with top quality equipment.”