State-of-the-art school is opened

A £5m state-of-the-art school in Eastwood was officially opened this week by the new chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Carol Pepper declared Springbank Primary School open in a ceremony on Wednesday alongside local dignitaries and Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero.

Headteacher Julie Vaccari said: “Before the project started, we asked the children what they wanted in a new school.

“The result is a true oasis where our children can strengthen their unique talents and skills, prepare for the future and gain an enthusiasm for life-long learning.

“We now have the forest school area where the children can take risks, the sports field where they can play football and a ‘dream room’ where we can experience out-of-reach events and ideas.”

The new school features a pond area, and has a playing field for games and sports for the first time in 100 years.

Kids got in their PE kits on the fields at the opening.

Ms Pepper said: “We first acquired the site for this new school nearly 40 years ago, so it’s with great pleasure to mark the opening of this state-of-the-art building.

“Amongst all the modern facilities that we take for granted, I know the provision of an on-site playing field for the school will be particularly warmly welcomed.”

The school provides a new building for the recently-amalgamated Eastwood Infant and Junior Schools, previously in Devonshire Drive.

The children moved into the new school on Peacock Drive earlier this year.

The school has some flexible teaching spaces where movable partition walls enable staff to create different-sized learning spaces.

Hi-tech classrooms have been equipped with large, state-of-the-art, touch screens replacing the traditional whiteboards which are standard in schools.