CHESTER’S newest primary school opened its doors last week with the creation of Chester Blue Coat CE Primary School.
The school, on Walpole Street in the Garden Quarter, has been formed by the amalgamation of the former Victoria Infant School and St Thomas of Canterbury Blue Coat CE Junior School which occupied the same site.
Currently occupying the existing two buildings on the shared site, plans have been submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council for a replacement £5.8m timber-framed school building on the existing playing field, for which work is hoped to start in the autumn.
The old buildings would then be demolished to make way for an up-to-date sports court and a new field.
The new school has got off to an exciting start for the pupils, with one of the first tasks being to help design a new badge and think of a new motto for the new school.
A visiting artist has been working with children in Years 3 and 4, and Year 4 pupils are enjoying a residential trip to Beeston Outdoor Education Centre.
Links with the community are being strengthened by Year 6 children rehearsing with Chester’s Matt Baker for a performance at the Garden Quarter Festival and a celebration service to officially launch the school is planned for St Thomas’s church.
The school is currently being led by the two former deputy heads, Amanda Ellis-Rushton and Moira McCallum, pending the appointment of a permanent head.
Mrs Ellis-Rushton said: “Everyone is really excited about the new school and looking forward to seeing building work begin on the field. It has been a long wait and now we are all raring to get going with our new school.”
The amalgamation has meant the end of separate infant and junior school provision in Cheshire.