New school nets badminton ace

SMASH HIT: Cllr Longden is pictured with Donna Kellogg MBE and Year 6 pupils Amy Shelton, William Scott and Anna Slinn.

SMASH HIT: Cllr Longden is pictured with Donna Kellogg MBE and Year 6 pupils Amy Shelton, William Scott and Anna Slinn.

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OLYMPIC badminton player Donna Kellogg MBE has officially opened Shirland Primary School.

She spent the day coaching pupils at the £5.4m schools built by Derbyshire County Council.

The new school boasts a multi-use classroom, hall, library, food technology area, community area and a kitchen.

It is built in a crescent shape with six classrooms facing the outdoor learning area and playing field.

The new building – which brings the 180-pupil school on to one site in Park Lane - also has a “green” sedum roof.

As part of the work a new puffin crossing has also been installed on the A61 at the junction with Park Lane.

Cllr Mike Longden, the county council’s cabinet member for education who also attended the opening, said: “I’m sure the pupils and staff are enjoying working in the new, modern surroundings which provide the very best atmosphere for learning.”