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Olympic legend opens new school


The winter Olympian, Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, will be landing at St. White's Primary School to cut the ribbon at the school's new £6,000,000 building

Gloucestershire County Council funded the replacement of the Cinderford school as their old premises was in poor condition and split across two sites.

Funding was also allocated to the redevelopment through a Section 106 agreement for new housing in Cinderford. This granted £500k to the project, as well as a contribution of land from the owner.

Pupils have been using the new purpose built site since March with the official opening following a tree planting and time capsule burying ceremony that took place last December.

As well as the opening ceremony for the school, pupils from St. White's will be taking part in a 'Race for Life' event, where Eddie "The Eagle" will present participants with medals.

Teresa Cross, head teacher at St Whites said: "It is such a pleasure to have someone like Eddie here with us to officially open our new school building.

"We've all been really looking forward to this day. It gives everyone who has been involved with this incredible venture, a chance to celebrate and marvel at the sheer joy this stunning building is bringing to everyone who uses it.

"It also gives us the opportunity to thank everyone for the part they have played in its completion."

Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people said: "I'm really pleased that we've been able to put this money into the new building for St. White's School. This £6million investment will mean that pupils can benefit from the latest facilities and ensure that they reach their potential.

"It has been a really exciting time for pupils and staff here at the school since they moved from their old building in March.

"I hope that the pupils and staff enjoy their new school building, and can make some happy new memories there."

"Cllr Graham Morgan, local councillor for Cinderford, said: "Having two buildings split across the road was just not working for pupils or staff.

"The old building was very tired, and I think that this new and innovative building is great for Cinderford and will bring a breath of fresh air to pupils, teachers and the wider community."

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