Pupils celebrate as school officially opens after works

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SCHOOLCHILDREN released dozens of balloons as they showed off their new building following a £250,000 refurbishment.

Hambledon Primary School has been officially reopened after extensive works funded by Hampshire County Council.

A former house in the middle of the school has been transformed into a new reception class, with new toilets, art area, staff room, and preparation and resources areas including space for children to develop their domestic science skills.

There is also new internal access and elegant French doors to the school hall to save the children having to walk outside in the rain. The old staff room is now a library, windows have been replaced and there are new toilets for the older children too.

Headteacher Eileen Ball said: ‘Almost every class has been affected by the building works so the children think the change is fantastic.’

‘It has given us the accommodation and modern facilities that our growing primary school needs and which the children deserve. The staff are thrilled with their new staff room, offices and their inside toilets.’

Among the guests helping the children cut a ribbon to mark the opening were county council leader, Councillor Roy Perry, and Councillor Peter Edgar, the council’s executive member for education.

There are plans to increase the number of pupils at the school from 84 to 105.