The first primary school to be built in Rotherham in 30 years has welcomed its first 70 pupils through its doors.
Mark Young is the new headteacher of Eastwood Village Primary School. He said: “The project has been in its planning stage for more than two years and to be involved at this stage is a privilege. Everybody is very excited. This first set of children will get to shape the school and be ambassadors for it, and the staff feel the same.
“We will make the school what we want it to be, which is successful, exciting and vibrant, and the children will be part of that from the beginning. Everything is brand new, it’s purpose-built and it’s a perfect space for learning.”
Mark has aspirations for the school to be both outstanding, and a centre for improvement where teachers can be trained.
The new £6.4m academy will initially accommodate up to 30 pupils from Foundation Stage 2 through to Year 4. Eventually, it will admit 315 pupils comprising 45 in each year group together with a modern, 44-place nursery.
Located on Eldon Road, the school will be run as an academy by the Central Learning Partnership Trust, which also runs Coleridge and East Dene Primary Schools.
Initially, Eastwood Village Primary School will share the existing catchment area of Coleridge Primary School. The modern building has been financed by the Department for Education and Rotherham Council. It was designed by Rotherham Council’s architects, with Wildgoose Construction as building contractor.
Large and small teaching spaces lend to a flexible approach to learning, with outdoor learning areas and a unique location next to the River Don.
Other recent major developments in Rotherham include a new £2.9m, 17-classroom block at Wickersley Sports College, and projects at Wath Victoria Primary School and Oakwood High School. Children started at Eastwood Village after spending their first week at East Dene Primary School, to allow final preparations.