The first sod has been cut to mark the start of a £2m project at a Kirk Hallam school.
Pupils picked up their spades and joined Derbyshire county councillor Jim Coyle on Thursday (July 4).
“The current school dates from the 1950s and used to be separate infant and junior schools,” explained Cllr Coyle, deputy cabinet member for schools.
“The wooden buildings are dilapidated and would be too expensive to bring up to modern standards.
“I’m very pleased to be there at the start of an exciting new beginning for the pupils and staff of Dallimore Primary School.”
It is a complex project – a ground fault, main sewer and possible mine workings mean that the new building needs to be constructed in the area occupied by the existing buildings.
They will be demolished in phases, limiting the need for temporary accommodation.
The infant block, containing four classrooms, toilets, play room, office, temporary staffroom, plant room and playground will be built in the first phase.
After that a new hall, reception, car park, six junior classrooms and more will be built.
The new school building will accommodate 315 pupils. If the number of pupils rises, the building has been designed so that both the infant and junior wings can be extended.
Full planning consent has been granted and work is due to finish at the end of March, 2014.