School celebrates opening of £1.2m extension

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Children, parents and dignitaries have helped celebrate the opening of a school’s £1.2million extension.

A special event was held at Forest Hall Primary School to mark the new features of the building.

The Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn joined children, parents and staff to officially open a �1.2 million extension with new classrooms, an ICT suite and a new playground at Forest Hall Primary School.'Norma Redfearn cuts the ribbon with help from members of the school council, Peter Kane from Kier and headteacher Carmel Parker.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn joined children, parents and staff to officially open a �1.2 million extension with new classrooms, an ICT suite and a new playground at Forest Hall Primary School.'Norma Redfearn cuts the ribbon with help from members of the school council, Peter Kane from Kier and headteacher Carmel Parker.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Pupils sang a song they had written for the event before Mayor Norma Redfearn cut the ribbon to officially open the building.

Mrs Redfearn said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to officially open this new extension as the school has been looking forward to it for several years.

“I’m passionate about education and have been fighting all my life to ensure that the children of North Tyneside get the very best educational facilities from the moment they start nursery.

“Therefore I’m absolutely delighted that we have now been able to provide Forest Hall Primary with these fantastic new classrooms and a lovely garden and playground which are fit for 21st-century learning.”

Headteacher Carmel Parker added: “I’m really proud of our children and what they can achieve.

“We absolutely love the design of our new extension and have been watching it being built over the past year. The classrooms mean our reception and nursery children are now together all under one roof and linked to the main school by a bright, wide corridor.

“I would like to thank the council and the builders Kier for all their hard work, our staff and parents for their support and, of course, our amazing and talented children who love their school.”

The work was carried out by Kier North Tyneside on behalf of North Tyneside Council with funding from the Government’s Basic Needs Fund.

It involved demolishing the old temporary mobile classrooms, building four new classrooms linked to the main school with a new corridor and relocating the school office and staff room to make way for a new ICT suite and playground.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “This has been an exciting project for Forest Hall Primary School, which includes excellent new facilities and an improved learning environment for its pupils and staff.

“We pride ourselves on making a positive contribution to the community of North Tyneside, so it’s fantastic to have been involved with a project providing such valuable learning facilities for local children.”