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Meon Vale primary school officially welcomes pupils

Editorial Correspondent 8th Mar, 2022 Updated: 9th Mar, 2022

A NEW primary school in Meon Vale has been officially opened by education secretary and Stratford MP Nadhim Zahawi.

Tudor Grange Primary Academy was first opened in September 2019 having been part of the Department For Education’s ‘Free School’ programme.

And after two years in temporary accommodation staff and pupils are delighted to be in their new school.

The opening has been celebrated through a series of events attended by special guests, staff and students.

Pupils at the school welcomed Mr Zahawi to the event with a performance of a song they wrote.

The MP spent time meeting the children undertaking a series of Shakespeare-themed activities, including puppet-making, art, storytelling and dance.

Executive principal Jodie Bolter said: “We have been working on the design and implementation of the school for many years and it is wonderful to finally have our permanent school.

“So much hard work has gone into the design and building and we can not thank all of those involved enough.

“We have a wonderful new community school in Meon Vale that will serve the local community for years to come and we are so proud of what everyone has achieved.”

The brand new school buildings opened to children from nursery age up to year two in September, with facilities including a hall, studio, library, food technology room, classrooms, as well as playgrounds and a sports pitch.

Fully occupied, the school will accommodate pupils up to year six – 450 primary-aged children altogether with an additional 30 nursery places.

Mr Zahawi said: “It has been an absolute privilege to officially open Tudor Grange Primary Academy Meon Vale.

“The children, staff and local community have all contributed to making the school a very special place. I am proud that this wonderful school falls within my constituency and I look forward to inviting the children to visit me at Parliament so I can show them my workplace”.

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