CELEBRATIONS were enjoyed as Worksop’s brand new £9 million Ryton Park Primary School marked its official opening.
The event saw the pupils who helped design the new school show it off to visitors at the grand ceremony – which included the unveiling of a brand new amphitheatre, trim trail and multi-use games area, as well as hard and soft play areas and a separate section for early years children.
Some children were even left ‘speechless’ at how special the ambitious new school design was.
Special guest at the event was chairman of Notts County Council Keith Walker.
“Since the expansion of Ryton Park, we have been working towards building this new school which brings together all year groups under one roof,” said Coun Walker.
He continued: “I wish everyone at Ryton Park continued success and I hope that the opening of this new building with its modern facilities will give teachers and children at the school even greater opportunity to excel in their teaching and learning.”
Ryton Park headteacher Richard Lilley said: “The children and staff were given the chance to contribute to the design of this school and have thoroughly enjoyed the process.”
“One of our year 6 children told me that he couldn’t put into words how special his new school was.”
Mr Lilley went on: “We believe in raising standards and getting the best from our children without losing our commitment to developing the whole child and remembering just what childhood is about.”
“The school had a ‘no-excuses’ culture even while we were operating on split sites, but being together on one site in such a fabulous building simply makes the realisation of this vision far easier.”
Funding for the 525 capacity, £9.2 million school, which was rated as ‘good’ in its last Ofsted inspection, came from central Government.