THE opening of a new primary school in Swinton heralded the dawning of a new era of education for pupils and teachers.
Mayor of Rotherham Shaun Wright was joined by staff and pupils to cut the ribbon and officially open Queen Street Primary School last Friday.
The ceremony marked the end of an era for the old school building, which has now been demolished after serving the community for more than 100 years.
The new state-of-the-art school means for the first time in years all pupils can be taught under the same roof.
Costing £5.2 million, the building is curved into a C shape and incorporates 11 classrooms, kitchens, dining hall, dance studio, offices and IT suite for the 350 pupils.
In the past, five of the classrooms were based in the main building, with seven others housed in temporary buildings.
The old Victorian building is now due for demolition, but the 1908 foundation stone will be kept and is to be built into the new structure.
Head teacher Sharon Joyce said students will benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities at the new build.
She said: “The present school buildings have served us well, for over a hundred years, and we’re rightly proud of the heritage invested in them and of the thousands of children who have attended here.
“But now is the time for our children to benefit from a modern, purpose-built facility that will give them the very best environment in which to learn and to grow together.
“From the provision of fresh school meals cooked on site to the latest technology, everything is in place to give the children the very best start in their education.”