A NEW primary school in Botley is opening its doors today as staff prepare to host its grand opening.

While doors to Boorley Park Primary School were opened in September 2019, the building wasn't entirely complete, so the first class of 30 Year R students in September 2019 were taught in a classroom at nearby school, Wellstead Primary until November 4.

Now today, the two-form entry school is set to host its official opening ceremony at 2.30pm, with parents and residents coming in to watch a presentation, before the ribbon is cut and tours of the building become available.

The £6.47 million free school was designed by Wildern Academy Trust in collaboration with the Hampshire County Council to meet the demand for new school places caused by families moving in to the new housing development built in Boorley Park.

Both the head teacher of the Wildern Academy Trust, Marie-Louise Litton, and new head teacher of Boorley Park, Tazmin Hindley, will be at the grand opening to give presentations about the new school before the ribbon is cut and refreshments are handed out.

Previously speaking on Tazmin's appointment, Marie-Louise said: "We’re delighted with the appointment of Tamsin who will bring a wealth of experience and expertise with her to lead the new Boorley Park Primary School.

“I am pleased to confirm that her work will start in January where we will be working together to develop further the curriculum offer, establish clear policies and practice and recruit new staff. In the summer term Miss Hindley will begin to visit the families and children who will be joining the school in September 2019."

Starting with one Year R class of 30 students, Boorley Park will see a further 60 children join this year and this will continue annually until 2025 when the school will be full from Year R to Year 6, educating 420 students.

In addition to 14 classrooms, the new school includes a main hall and adjacent music drama studio, group working rooms, specialist practical space for food technology, accessible toilets, offices and a school kitchen.

External facilities comprise a grassed playing field, hard play court, as well as a nature and wildlife area for outdoor learning.