Rotherham’s first new primary school for 30 years has been officially opened

L to r:- Rotherham mayor councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, head of school Kirsty Ridley and pupil Rebecca Price

L to r:- Rotherham mayor councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, head of school Kirsty Ridley and pupil Rebecca Price

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Rotherham’s first new primary school to be built in 30 years has been officially opened.

Eastwood Village Primary School has been open to pupils for about a year but was given a grand unveiling recently with local dignitaries, including Rotherham mayor councillor Lyndsay Pitchley, gathering to attend.

Eastwood had been designated as a ‘heavily over-subscribed school area’ and Rotherham Council received funding to build it following a successful Targeted Basic Need funding bid to the Government.

The £6.4 million academy is the first new primary school to be built in the town for the last three decades and a second primary is now planned for the Waverley area.

Kirsty Ridley, head of school, said: “This was an exciting day for the community of Eastwood and we were happy to be part of the celebrations to mark the formal opening of the newest primary school built in Rotherham.

“We are thankful to our parents and partners in the community, as we work together to provide the best life chances and raise aspirations for the children in our care.

“The future of the school is exciting as we increase our capacity to educate more pupils, train new professionals and lead others on securing the best teaching and learning practices in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and beyond.”

The school can admit a total of 315 pupils, comprising of 45 in each year group, together with a modern 44-place nursery.

Located on Eldon Road, the academy is run by the Central Learning Partnership Trust, which also runs Coleridge and East Dene primary schools.

It has been built using money from the department for education and Rotherham Council.

School leaders worked with the council’s architect department to design a school fit-for-purpose in the modern era. There are large and small teaching spaces which lend themselves to a flexible approach to learning. There are also many outdoor learning areas and the school has a unique location next to the banks of the River Don.

Councillor Gordon Watson, deputy leader of Rotherham Council and cabinet member for children, young people and services, said: “Children are at the heart of the Rotherham communities and our corporate commitment is to make sure they all have the best start in life.

“In order to achieve this it is vital that we invest in their education, which means we are also investing in future Rotherham generations. Rotherham already has an excellent reputation for providing good quality education, demonstrated by the latest exam results. This new school will be part of keeping up this reputation.”