Youngsters in Gamlingay are settling in to a spacious new building after the village primary moved sites over the Christmas holidays.
The staff and students left the cramped 142-year-old first school buildings in Green End at the end of last term and last week arrived for lessons at the Village College site on Station Road.
The former Village College buildings have undergone a multi-million pound renovation, extension, redesign and refurbishment to provide modern and spacious learning facilities for Gamlingay Village Primary’s 299 pupils aged 4-11.
At the end of the first week, parents and pupils gathered for an unofficial opening ceremony – the official opening will take place in the summer – and ribbon-cutting with a select group.
Jack Page, the great, great, great grandson of the first school’s original headmaster Mr Fowler, headed the ribbon-cutting party, which also included the current school’s youngest and oldest pupils, Amber Misseldine and Lily Ellis, as well as Kevin Knibbs, a member of the support staff who was in the first cohort of pupils educated on the Village College site.
Stephen Munday, CEO of The Cam Academy Trust, of which Gamlingay VP is a part, said: “It is a wonderful development for school education and the community of Gamlingay that the new primary school, Gamlingay Village Primary, has now been able to open in the re-designed and re-furnished Village College site.
“This provides an excellent facility for primary education in line with the high-quality education that we seek to have for every young person at the school.
“Many people in the community, especially staff and governors, have worked incredibly hard to enable this major development to take place and a great debt of gratitude is owed to them.
“With a strong primary school now established in great premises and the school confirmed as an official feeder school for Comberton Village College, the future of school education in Gamlingay is in a sustainable and strong position.
“In addition, the Village College site can allow the strong community engagement and activity that The Cam Academy Trust is keen to see in all of its schools.”