Pupils, staff and governors of Oak Meadow Primary School turned out in force to mark the opening of their new Â£7m accommodation.
Wolverhampton Mayor Councillor Bert Turner cut the ribbon to declare the school, in Ashmore Park, officially open at a ceremony yesterday (Tuesday November 8, 2011).
The event marked the completion of Oak Meadowâ€™s state-of-the-art facilities, which have been developed by Midlands-based Thomas Vale Construction as part of Wolverhampton City Councilâ€™s Â£16.6m Primary Capital Programme, which is transforming educational facilities for primary age pupils in the city.
The new building will accommodate up to 420 pupils and is one of the first schools in the country to be built to â€˜Passivhausâ€™ standards, meaning it has been designed to use up to 90% less energy to heat and cool it compared to standard buildings.
Oak Meadowâ€™s new school hall has been designed so that it can be easily transformed into a performance area with state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities.
It has received state-of-the-art ICT facilities, with digital displays in the entrance and learning areas enabling pupils to share their work, while the school is also planning to launch its own radio station to enable parents to keep up-to-date with pupilsâ€™ activities.
Pupils have designed the engravings which feature on the natural wood on show in the school, while the main staircase featured artwork created by the youngsters.
Councillor Phil Page, Wolverhampton City Councilâ€™s Cabinet Member for Schools, Skills and Learning, said: â€œI am delighted with the new school building; pupils at Oak Meadow now have wonderful learning environments that will inspire the young people at the school to go on and achieve great things in their education.
â€œThomas Vale Construction worked with our architects, Architype, on this and Bushbury Hill Primary School, which is also undergoing a major transformation, and previously worked with us on the award-winning St Lukeâ€™s Primary School in Blakenhall. I hope that they have created another award-winning school for the young people in Wednesfield.â€
Oak Meadowâ€™s old building, which was erected in the 1960s, will now be demolished and the land re-developed as playing fields.
To find out more about Wolverhamptonâ€™s Primary Capital Programme, please visit www.wolverhamptonbsf.org.uk.