Pupils celebrate new school’s official opening

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A NEW £5.5m primary school has been officially opened.

Hollingwood Primary School in Chesterfield now boasts spacious classrooms, a hall and a dining area which doubles as an informal learning and social area.

The state-of-the-art building replaced the old school which has been demolished to create outdoor education areas.

There is also a multi-use games area for both school and community use and wireless ICT facilities throughout the new building.

The school has space for 270 pupils as well as a 26-place nursery.

Classrooms are all located on the ground floor for easy access.

The entrance and office on the first floor is accessed across a bridge.

Councillor Mike Longden,Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, was at the official opening.

He said: “This new development is bringing great opportunities for pupils at the school and the local community.

“We’re working hard to give every child in Derbyshire the best start in life and suitable accommodation will help them with their studies.”

Hollingwood Primary School was the first to be built in Derbyshire as part of the Primary Strategy for Change Programme.