Pupils and parents given preview of new £6m Endike Primary School
Pupils and parents have been given a final behind-the-scenes look at a new £6 million school before it opens it is doors for the first time. Jim Coldwell reports
CHILDREN were amazed when they were given a sneak preview of their new school.
Ahead of its official opening, pupils and parents were offered the chance to have a look around the new £6 million Endike Primary School.
The school in Endike Lane, north Hull, will welcome 420 pupils aged three to 11 for their first day of the new term on Monday.
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Yesterday, parents, teachers and pupils could not help but smile as they entered through the automatic doors at the front of the school to be welcomed by head teacher Linda Burrows.
"This really is a fantastic moment in Endike's history," she said.
"We have always been a successful school but to now be able to offer these facilities to children and their families will only help us to continue with our progression.
"There has been an awful lot of hard work gone into this project from everyone involved with school, including the pupils."
Ms Burrows, who has been head at Endike for 11 years, said the pupils were heavily involved in the ideas process of the development.
She said: "All of these facilities are geared towards providing better teaching and better learning opportunities for the children, so it was vitally important for us to get their input into what they wanted at the school.
"We held a number of meetings with pupils to talk about certain aspects of the plans, including the design of the chairs and classrooms."
Interactive white boards, an amphitheatre, a slide connecting the first and second floor of the three-tier building and roof-top xylophones are all prominent parts of the school.
Nine-year-old Kieran Wall, who will be entering Year 5, said: "The school is amazing. It is much better than our old one and I am really excited about starting on Monday.
"My favourite bit is definitely the slide. It is really cool to have a slide at my school."
His parents share Kieran's excitement. Dad Chris said: "It is a fantastic development, it really is.
"To have all these facilities available at the school is something a lot of kids are not lucky enough to have.
"To be able to take our kids to a school we know is safe and warm and where they will have the chance to learn using all the latest equipment is brilliant."
Caroline Carter, project manager at developers Sewell Group, said: "Everything is in place within the school to welcome the pupils on Monday.
"It is quite overwhelming for me to see these children coming into the building with smiles on their faces. I am so proud to be standing here and showing people around this amazing facility.
"I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to affect a lot of children's lives.
"This school is built with longevity in mind and the materials we have used in the entire project are geared towards that."
Some outdoor facilities are yet to be completed, including the multi-use games area, the running track and the amphitheatre, but Sewell Group says they will be completed by December 3.