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Parkside Community Primary School in Borehamwood celebrates opening of new classrooms
Parents, pupils and teachers gathered to celebrate the opening of a new building at a primary school.
Deputy Mayor for Hertsmere Councillor Carey Keates officially opened the eight extra classrooms at Parkside Primary School in Aycliffe Road on Friday.
Head teacher Julie Muncey said she was “delighted” work on the building, which began in January, had been completed on time and on budget.
She thanked those who had been instrumental in the building work, including project manager Danny Williamson, and the staff who had worked hard to get it ready for the children.
She added: “Nine months of fortune, passion and hard work have gone into this.
"The building is amazing.
“It has only been open a few days and already has a nice, lived-in atmosphere which the children will really benefit from.”
Named after long-standing governor David Smith, the building is designed to house pupils in Key Stage 2 following the school’s expansion into two form entry.
Mr Smith, who has been involved with the school since his children attended it 14 years ago said it was a “bit of a shock” to find the building was named after him.
He added: “I’ve seen the school come on leaps and bounds over the years.
“These classrooms will really benefit the children’s learning, and that’s what is important.”
Built on a corner of the school’s extensive playground, the new facility is already occupied by four classes.
Nearly 100 parents queued despite the rain to watch Councillor Keates cut the ribbon on the “state-of-the-art” building, accompanied by a fanfare.
The parents were then treated to tea, cakes and a guided tour of the facilities by the pupils that will benefit from them.
Parents Clare Wright and Ray Pierce, whose children have just started school, said the building was “lovely.”
Mr Pierce added: “The classrooms are suffused with light and very spacious. I’m very pleased my child will be able to benefit from them.”
Year 6 pupil Caitlin McIntosh, who was leading one of the tours of the building, said she was very proud of the new classrooms.
She added: “They are really fantastic. A lot of effort has gone into them and I’m really grateful I can benefit from them.”
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