New school extension is officially unveiled

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A new extension at an Alnwick school – comprising a learning hub, studio and four classrooms – has been officially opened.

The smart-looking facility at Swansfield Park Primary was unveiled on Tuesday.

Peggy Stanton cuts the ribbon watched by headteacher Jenny Smith, chair of governors Bill Grisdale, the oldest pupil Maddison McKay and the youngest pupil Omer Unsal at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Peggy Stanton cuts the ribbon watched by headteacher Jenny Smith, chair of governors Bill Grisdale, the oldest pupil Maddison McKay and the youngest pupil Omer Unsal at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Attendees were welcomed by head teacher Jenny Smith, and chairman of governors Bill Grisdale, who spoke about the new extension and the benefits it provides to the school and pupils.

Six children from Year 5 also gave a presentation to those who attended.

The new facility was then officially opened by retired dinner lady Peggy Stanton, 83. She cut the opening ribbon held by two students – Maddison McKay, who is the oldest pupil at the school, and Omer Unsal, who is the youngest.

Guests were then welcomed into the new learning hub, which includes a library and computer suite, where they were greeted with singing from the school choir and were taken on a tour of the school.

Annabel Samuels with Mayor Alan Symmonds and Chairman of governors Bill Grisdale in the new library at the official opening of the extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Annabel Samuels with Mayor Alan Symmonds and Chairman of governors Bill Grisdale in the new library at the official opening of the extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

The opening was attended by people within the community who have supported the school, those involved with the building project and local councillors.

Mrs Smith said: “Our school now provides a modern and stimulating learning environment for our children and it is a pleasure for staff to work in.

“We are all delighted with this new extension which has made a huge difference to our daily lives in our school.”

The new extension comes as a result of investment by the school and Northumberland County Council to enhance existing facilities.

The school choir entertained guests at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.  Picture by Jane Coltman

The school choir entertained guests at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School. Picture by Jane Coltman

Coun Robert Arckless, cabinet member for children’s services at the county council, said: “This extension is a fantastic addition to the school’s facilities and will provide an excellent resource for the pupils.”

Mrs Stanton, who worked at the school until she was 70, said it was an honour to open the facility.

She added: “It was a real privilege and the new extension looks fantastic.”

Jacob Jamieson in the  computer suite in the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Jacob Jamieson in the computer suite in the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Headteacher Jenny Smith (centre) with colleagues Anne-Marie Grimes and Charlotte Murdy at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

Headteacher Jenny Smith (centre) with colleagues Anne-Marie Grimes and Charlotte Murdy at the official opening of the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

One of the four new classrooms in  the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman

One of the four new classrooms in the new extension at Swansfield Park Primary School.' Picture by Jane Coltman