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School opening to be soaraway success

Published: 2nd May 2012

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PUPILS are set to be real high-fliers - when the Archbishop of York joins them for the official unveiling of their £4.75m school.

The new-look Dormanstown Primary School threw its doors open to 240 children last September.

And pupils are excitedly preparing for Dr John Sentamu to pay them a visit on Friday, May 4, for a formal opening ceremony that will include the release of 400 celebratory balloons.

The Archbishop will take part in a procession along Dormanstown's South Avenue - along with pupils sporting a variety of costumes, and performances from drummers from nearby Redcar Community College.

They will eventually arrive in the plaza area - for which materials were taken from the former school building - where the ceremony and balloon launch will take place.

The school is one of the newest in the Redcar & Cleveland borough, with pupils having played a key role in the design process before construction work began.

They called for more exciting learning spaces - both indoors and outdoors - and different shaped classrooms, as well as a multi-use games area for sports and adventure play.

As a result of the children's detailed feedback, the new school was largely created from glass, with a coloured metal cladding - reflecting the Borough's steel heritage - used for areas including the main hall, entrance and nursery.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council secured funding from the Government's Primary Capital Programme for the project. The school was designed by Space Architects and built by Kier North East, with Gardiner & Theobald project management consultants.

Headteacher Anne Johnson said: "The last two years have been an exciting time for us. The process of designing and building the new school has involved all of the staff and children and members of the local authority.

"We love our new school - it is an inspirational learning environment. We are thrilled that our opening celebration is going to involve all of the children and the local community.

"We feel very privileged to have the Archbishop officially opening the school and sharing in our community carnival. This will be a day the community won't forget."

Councillor Joan Guy, the Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Education, said: "The new Dormanstown Primary School has proved a great success in offering a first-class learning environment to local children.

"We are delighted that the Archbishop of York will be joining us for the official opening and celebrating the success of this fantastic project."

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