Three cheers for new building

The official opening of Layton Primary School new KS1 and KS2 buildings. Members of the school council dancing Gangnam Style.
The official opening of Layton Primary School new KS1 and KS2 buildings. Members of the school council dancing Gangnam Style.
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Pupils and staff alike are celebrating after officially opening a school’s brand new buildings.

Layton Primary School held an open day to celebrate the new £3.5m build, which accommodates pupils from both key stages one and two.

The former cramped and dated classrooms at the Meyler Avenue site have been replaced with bright, modern facilities, designed with more effective learning in mind.

And according to headteacher Jonathan Clucas, the opening ceremony has rounded off an excellent year for the school.

Mr Clucas said: “We had an extremely good Ofsted report recently which praised the teaching and pupils’ behaviour, about which they were very complimentary.”

The nine new classrooms have been open for the past year, but were officially christened at a ceremony on Friday.

And Mr Clucas says the school has tried to bring about the best modern facilities while still retaining a traditional touch.

He said: “The old entrance was kept alongside the signs and stained glass windows.

“It’s certainly better and a more conducive environment to work in now though.

“There’s more natural light in the rooms now which is very good for learning and certainly very good for teaching.

“When you’ve got 30 children in a classroom space is very important as well, which is what the new build offers.”

The school now hopes to invest £40,000 in outdoor play equipment.