School days celebrated at big bash

Head Boy and Girl Layton Hudson and Taylor-Mae Winfield (wearing the school's new uniform) look through one of the old pupil registers in front of a display showing how the school has featured in The Gazette over the years.
Head Boy and Girl Layton Hudson and Taylor-Mae Winfield (wearing the school's new uniform) look through one of the old pupil registers in front of a display showing how the school has featured in The Gazette over the years.
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A Blackpool primary school celebrated the old and the new as it held a special opening ceremony for its new buildings and launched a school history exhibition.

Mereside Primary School has undergone extensive work in recent years, with £4m being invested in refurbishing and rebuilding parts of the school.

And at an opening ceremony yesterday, children showed special guests their new classrooms, hall and kitchen.

Headteacher Sue Diver said: “It was a lovely day. The children really appreciate having lovely new classrooms and nice things around them.”

Pupil Alycia Madden, 11, said: “It’s really good the new school, it’s good for learning.”

And Ellis Lavery, 11, added: “I think the new school looks amazing.”

To celebrate its long standing in the community, teachers and staff encouraged pupils past and present to contribute to an exhibition charting its history.

While researching the history of the building, on Langdale Road, the children learned of two schools which had been in the area before forming to create Mereside.

The children also heard from former St Wilfrid’s School pupil Gordon Cardwell who is visiting today to help them find ‘buried treasure’.

The school, rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in recent months, is now preparing to become a two-form entry from September, welcoming 60 reception pupils for the first time.

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