WITH spades in hand and a hard hat at the ready, students helped out the workmen building their new school.
School captains from Arnold King Edward and Queen Mary School (AKS) enjoyed a close-up view of the building site which will soon be their junior school.
Year six students Darcy Corkhill, Toby O’Neil, Grace Buck and Harvey Shaw, all 10-years-old, joined workmen for turf-cutting on the King Edward and Queen Mary school site on Clifton Drive, St Annes.
The children’s contributions marked the project officially open.
Headmaster Jim Keefe said: “There was a real sense of excitement and energy about the turf cutting ceremony, and we are already receiving lots of interest in our new nursery and junior school from existing and prospective parents.
“Today marks the next phase of our extensive building programme, which will see a state of the art school open in September 2013.”
The young builders were joined by chairman of governors Jerry Wooding and John Rice and Katy Wright, the two heads of the school’s Lytham and Blackpool junior departments.
John McVitie, representing the Old Lidunians, and Trish Holland, president of the Old Arnoldians, joined the group as guests of honour.
Infant and nursery children are now housed in new classrooms in the current junior school building in St Annes. The ground of the old playground and an adjacent field has been cleared ready for 100,000 bricks to be laid.
A multi-use games area and sports hall will also be built near the junior school.
Mr Keefe added: “The children will watch with great interest to see their new classrooms become reality.”
The building work is part of a £6.4m project to expand the St Annes site, which will be open from September 2013.
Students are currently split between the St Annes site and Arnold’s site in South Shore.
Parents from Arnold School and King Edward Queen Mary School fought to keep both schools independent after it was announced last year they would be merging.
The new school is now managed by the United Schools Church Trust.