23 NOV 2011

Official opening of new Staple Hill Primary School

Jack attended the official opening of the new Staple Hill Primary School in his Filton and Bradley Stoke constituency. The official opening ceremony was performed by the oldest living ex-pupil of the school, 96 year old Mary Carter, and a member of the schools reception class.

The rebuild has cost in the region of £7 million, and was necessary due to the cramped conditions in the schools old Victorian era buildings. Pupils have been in their new premises since September, with an official opening scheduled for today. After the opening ceremony, the school held a special assembly, which included the singing of the schools own song, and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion. As well as parents and former pupils, the school had invited the architect who designed the new school, representatives from the builders and South Gloucestershire Council who were all involved in efforts to bring the new school into being.

'I was delighted to be invited to the official opening of the new school,' said Jack. 'I am aware the rebuild has been a long time in coming, and many people have worked very hard for many years to help the school get to this position. I enjoyed my visit, and I know that the pupils are already thoroughly enjoying their new premises which will no doubt benefit them in all aspects of their continued education.'

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