Official opening at Lyde Green Primary
Published on: 04 Nov 2015
PUPILS at Lyde Green Primary have celebrated their official opening – even though they don’t yet have a permanent school building.
The 22 four and five-year-olds and their teaching staff have been installed temporarily in a part of Downend School.
Work has begun on their school at the new estate and they will move in next September, with the building due for completion the following spring.
The youngest and oldest pupils, Yusuf and Lily-May, cut the ribbon to launch Lyde Green Primary, watched by the rest of Robin Class, staff, parents, governors and “buddies” from Downend School.
Also present were Melanie Warnes, chief executive of Castle School Educational Trust (CSET), which sponsors the school, William Roberts, executive head teacher of Downend and Mangotsfield Schools, David Spence, head teacher of Mangotsfield School, and Marion Borland, head teacher of Mangotsfield Church of England Primary and Lyde Green Primary Schools.
Stuart Hill, chairman of CSET, said it was a great opportunity to be starting a school that would play an important part in the life of the new community at Lyde Green and he paid tribute to all the hard work that had gone into getting the school up and running.
It is housed in a drama hall and classroom and has a secure, fenced outdoor learning area. Once the children have moved to the new school, the drama facility at Downend will be refurbished for the secondary students.