POMPEY legend Linvoy Primus joined Ricardo Rocha to officially open a school after a £5m refurbishment.
Barncroft Primary School was bathed in sunshine with light pouring through the windows yesterday as Linvoy and Ricardo cut the ribbon with pupils at the school, in Park Lane, Bedhampton.
Barncroft infant and juniors amalgamated last April and the 360 children set foot in their newly-refurbished building in February.
Headteacher Liz Blake said: ‘It’s lovely, a really good place to work and for the children to learn.
‘We felt that it would be better for the children if they could go through the same school from four to 11 and we were in a very dilapidated old building.’
The school hall remains and has been refurbished along with the swimming pool and library.
One of the classroom blocks has been extended and there is a new school hall, kitchen and pre-school building.
An interior designer was brought in to add splashes of colour against the bright white walls.
Even the carpets are multicoloured with stars and spots.
Year 6 pupil Sam Waters said: ‘It’s brilliant.
‘We were really excited to come here because the old school was very dull and not that nice.
‘Now it’s beautiful and colourful and everything is organised. The carpets are lovely.’
And 11-year-old Harrison Barney likes it too.
He said: ‘The library is my favourite place because when you’ve got spare time you can take a book in there and read quietly in the comfy chairs.
‘Its more spacious and much better than a normal school.’
Linvoy said: ‘It’s great. It’s a very modern environment for the children come to every day and a place they can be proud of.
‘I visited the school when they were in the old building so it’s great to come back here today and to hear how much the children love it.’
Meanwhile, demolition work has begun on the infant school building which is just behind.
Nesting birds were found in the building but work is carrying on carefully around it until they fledge.
An application is in to build 34 homes on the site.