THERE were cheers of delight as a £250,000 revamp of a primary school was unveiled.
Front Lawn Primary Academy in Leigh Park is enjoying a new lease of life since the merger of the former junior and infant schools and becoming an academy.
The icing on the cake has been a new visitor welcome area for the lower school.
The building was opened yesterday by Havant’s mayor Paul Buckley and John Atkins, who is chairman of the board at the school’s sponsor, The Kemnal Academies Trust.
The cash injection has also paid for new windows in the lower school and improved security for children in the upper school.
It is a big turnaround for the school, which had an infant department that was once in special measures.
Cllr Buckley said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic.
‘You can see quite clearly the improvements that have been made and the dynamism that’s being injected into this school.’
The mayor was impressed by the quality of children’s work on the school’s walls – and also the knowledge pupils had of one of their subject areas, Henry VIII.
James Munt, who has been headteacher since September, said: ‘I’m very proud of the brilliant children at Front Lawn, the parents and the community we serve and now I feel proud that we are supplying them with a high quality, fit-for-purpose learning environment to learn in.
‘The opening of this new building symbolises the start of an exciting journey for the school and new relationship with TKAT which will end in a successful school that children leave ready for the next stage in their career.’
Alfie Baker, 10, said: ‘The changes are good because we get to go on fun trips. The school is looking much better. We can learn lots and have fun at the same time.’
Chris Howard, chairman of governors, added: ‘This is a showcase.
‘TKAT have done a spectacular job.’