Official opening at Gladstone Primary School

Gladstone Primary School’s £7million new building will be officially opened on Friday (13 March 2015).

The expansion project has provided an additional 480 pupil places and created a brand new second site for the school.

The 16 classroom block on Bourges Boulevard has been in full use since September and will now get the seal of approval from the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor David Over.

The opening will also be marked with a special celebration for pupils and the community.

Between 2013 and 2015 an additional 3,282 primary school places will be created in the city costing £50million.

A £3million expansion of Ravensthorpe Primary School to create an additional 210 places was opened to pupils in January.  Other projects currently on site include expansion schemes at Discovery and Thorpe Primary and a rebuild at St John’s Church School, Orton Goldhay.

Councillor John Holdich, cabinet member for education, skills and university, said: "Our goal is for all children to be supported so they can achieve their absolute best at great quality schools wherever they live in the city. Pupils at Gladstone Primary School have been enjoying their new facilities for the past few months and the official opening will allow us to celebrate the school’s bright future.

“By the end of this year we will have created about 8,500 additional primary school places in Peterborough over the past decade. Our school expansion programme is taking place at the same time as the number of city schools judged good or outstanding by Ofsted has continued to rise and at the moment over 80 per cent of  schools are rated in these categories.”

The official opening also follows the government announcement that Hampton Gardens free school will open in September 2017 providing 1,500 secondary school places. 

Jonathan Lewis, assistant director for corporate property at Peterborough City Council, said: “Gladstone Primary School's expansion highlights our commitment to investing in our schools so they offer a modern environment with up to date facilities as well as ensuring we provide enough school places to meet the needs of our growing city."

Gladstone Primary School was rated as good by Ofsted in 2013.

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