The new £6.5 million Flowery Field Primary School building , in Hyde, is the first of four primary schools to be rebuilt in Tameside, through the Priority School Building programme.
Other school buildings in Tameside, being replaced in this phase are Silver Springs Primary Academy in Stalybridge , Holden Clough and Broadoak primary schools in Ashton. Tameside Council has also been successful in bidding for the second phase of the Priority Schools Building Programme for work at Hollingworth Primary in Longdendale and Fairfield Primary in Droylsden.
Flowery Field building is now the largest purpose built primary school Tameside, having three forms of entry for pupils aged 4 to 11 providing 630 places, together with an extended nursery.
Headteacher Alvin Fell said: “The children, parents, staff and local community have watched the new building rise on our former playing field. At each new stage of the process the excitement level has increased with children asking "When are we moving in". Finally, the building is completed and we have all said our farewells to the old schools that have served this area well for the last 50 years.
“We welcomed the children into their new classrooms on Wednesday 25 February and have taken the essence of what we've achieved in the past and will stay true to our motto – ‘A Happy Place to Learn’. In our fantastic new facilities, we are looking to the future and will be working hard with our community to enable every child to be the very best that they can be
Ged Cooney of Tameside Council said: "I am so glad that we were able to secure funding for so many new primary schools in Tameside, providing pupils, staff and communities the facilities they deserve and helping to further raise aspirations and achievement. Flowery Field is one of the schools we have been putting forward for a new build for many years and it's great to see the pupils and staff enjoying their new home.”