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12/09/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/09/2019 05:10

Pupils welcome special visitors to official opening of their new primary school

I'm sure the pupils will enjoy learning in this bright, beautiful environment. This new school is part of our wider strategy to ensure we have sufficient, high quality places across the county

Cllr Jane Davies, Portfolio Holder for Education and SEND

Pupils treated special visitors to a celebration cake and some beautiful singing as the new Kings Gate Primary School in Amesbury was officially opened recently.

Mr William Wyldbore-Smith Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire met Executive Headteacher Nicola Gilbert and Head of School Sasha Owen and enjoyed a tour of the school.

He was standing in as the Queen's Representative when inclement weather prevented HRH The Princess Royal from attending.

Mr Wyldbore-Smith met pupils from reception age to Year 4 and toured the new classrooms, including watching pupils try out STEM activities in the specially designed Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Room.

He also spoke to pupils on the school council before joining others in the school hall to hear pupils sing the Pink song Take Me Home.

After unveiling a plaque to mark the special occasion, he also cut the celebration cake. The High Sheriff of Wiltshire Mr David Scott DL also attended and his wife, Mrs Letitia Scot, was presented with a posy by Caesar (aged 9) and Mia (aged 4).

The school's facilities include:

  • Classrooms equipped with the latest technology
  • Pastoral/SEMH (Social, Emotional & Mental Health) provision.
  • The dedicated Design and Technology classroom with special facilities for cooking and other activities

Other people meeting included Chairman of Wiltshire Council Cllr James Sheppard and Cllr Jane Davies, Portfolio Holder for Education and SEND.

Executive Headteacher Nicola Gilbert said: 'The pupils have loved today and enjoyed the opportunity to show off our brand new school, which we are all very proud of. This purpose-built learning environment will enable us to deliver high quality, exciting learning in a stimulating and safe way to all our pupils.'

Cllr Jane Davies, Portfolio Holder for Education and SEND, said: 'I'm sure the pupils will enjoy learning in this bright, beautiful environment. This new school is part of our wider strategy to ensure we have sufficient, high quality places across the county.'

The two-storey primary school currently has 54 pupils but has been built for a total of 315 pupils with room for expansion to 420 in the future. The school is being run by the King Alfred Trust Academy group.

The school project has been managed by Wiltshire Council, built by Halsall Construction Ltd and designed by Kendall Kingscott. The project has cost approximately £5m, with half of this coming from a Section 106 agreement with Bloor Homes.