Excited primary school pupils in Blacon today welcomed the arrival of some of the purpose-built new classrooms that will feature in their brand new school building.
Staff and children couldn't have been more thrilled to see the first of 36 new modular style build classrooms delivered to what will become the new Highfield Community Primary School.
The single storey build will be built piece by piece behind the current, out-dated building, and will be complete with purpose-built modern dining and assembly areas as well as nursery provision.
A new sports pitch will also be installed at the school, which is one of four in Blacon earmarked for demolition and replacement along with Blacon High School, Dee Point and JH Godwin Primary Schools, after they received funding from the Priority School Building Programme to redevelop the 261 schools in the worst condition in the country.
The new Highfield school – built by contractors off site in a factory in Newark, Nottinghamshire – is expected to be ready in time for Easter, with contractors on site for eight weeks from next week, during which the existing build will be razed to the ground.
Some pupils even travelled to Newark recently to see their new classrooms, and headteacher Nicky Dowling said the general feeling in the whole school was one of 'total excitement'.
"These are exciting times at Highfield School," she said. "We will be sad to say farewell to the old building, but excited at the prospect of continuing our high quality learning in modern and contemporary surroundings that will serve our community for many years to come."