School's new teaching block gets royal seal of approval
A royal visitor has opened a £3.5 million teaching block at a Bath primary school.
The new facilities at Weston All Saints Primary School which replace an original 1950s building were officially opened by the Duchess of Gloucester.
She toured the new block, meeting staff and children, before unveiling a plaque declaring the building open.
She was also able to see pupils working with stained glass, writing poetry, and doing embroidery in line with the school's emphasis on the arts.
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The duchess said: "Thank you to everyone for your warm welcome.
"I am delighted to be with you all for such a happy day of celebration, and I congratulate all involved in the building.
"I can see you make a tremendous school and I wish you all the best for the future."
During the ceremony the duchess was presented with a model wasp to reflect the school's nickname and a piece of needlework by pupil Joel, and flowers by six-year-olds Annie and Ellie-Beth.
Head teacher Anne Bull said: "We are really pleased that the duchess could come and open the building today.
"Everyone associated with the school is delighted with our new facilities.
"We have worked together with the council to provide a wonderful school environment which will provide excellent teaching and learning space for our children."
The new facilities include eight classrooms, a large hall, and arts and crafts spaces.
The learner swimming pool has also been moved to a space between the buildings, and the external landscaping includes a pond with a pupil- designed island and grotto.
The project was spearheaded by Bath and North East Somerset Council, which received funding for the project in 2010 from the National Primary Capital Programme.
Cabinet member for early years, children and youth Councillor Dine Romero (Lib Dem, Southdown) said: "We're pleased to see that the children and staff of Weston All Saints are so happy with their new classrooms and assembly hall. They now have fantastic facilities and their enjoyment of these is reflected in the warm welcome given to the duchess."