The new Farley Hill Primary School has been officially opened by the Mayor of Wokingham Borough.
Cllr Keith Baker MBE cut the ribbon to officially open the new school at Arborfield Green with headteacher Emma Clarke earlier this week.
The Mayor gave a short speech to the school’s pupils and guests for the event before cutting the ribbon to declare the school open.
He thanked all involved in the project for their work to complete the project in time for the start of the new school year.
Full tour of facilities
After, he was given a tour of the site alongside other guests before enjoying coffee and cake alongside staff.
Farley Hill Primary School was relocated from the old site in the village over the summer to the new building for the start of term, earlier this month.
The buildings provides classrooms for up to 30 children, specialist areas for design and food technology, PE, and the latest digital teaching tools such as interactive screens and sound systems.
'A triumph for all involved'
“The new school is a triumph for all involved and I want to congratulate those who helped make it happen,” said Cllr Keith Baker MBE, Mayor of Wokingham Borough.
“It will mean hundreds of children in our borough will have access to a fantastic education in state-of-the-art facilities.
“Despite challenges, including the global pandemic, school staff and partners have worked tirelessly to get it ready for pupils for the start of this term. I’m delighted to hear the pupils are already thoroughly enjoying the new buildings.”
“We are delighted with our new building and facilities,” said Emma Clarke, headteacher of Farley Hill Primary school.
“The children all gave the school a double thumbs up in assembly and are very happy with the new site as are the staff. It was wonderful to show all of our special guests around the school. Thank you from all at Farley Hill to everyone involved in the project.”
Eco-friendly modular construction
Construction of the new school was completed by modular specialists Reds10, with designs by HLM Architects.
Moving Matters helped move the school from its old site to its new one over the summer.
The site includes the delivery of a 3G (FIFA) sports pitch alongside the school.
This can be accessed by the school during the day and will be available to the wider community outside school hours. This will be run by the council’s sports and leisure team.
Investing in education
The construction of the new school at Arborfield Green was funded through developer contributions as part of the four major new communities at Arborfield, Shinfield, and North and South Wokingham, which includes investment of £98million in new schools.
Farley Hill Primary School’s new site has space to expand for more than 600 pupils as and when it is needed in the future.
Land for a second primary school is also reserved within the Arborfield major development area.
The opening of Farley Hill Primary School follows the opening of Bohunt secondary school in September 2016.
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