Celebrations as new £440,000 classroom is opened

MP Andrew Bingham cuts the ribbon at the opening of Hague Bar School's new classroom
MP Andrew Bingham cuts the ribbon at the opening of Hague Bar School's new classroom

Time stood still at a High Peak school last week as pupils, parents, staff and guests celebrated the opening of a new £440,000 building.

Children at Hague Bar Primary School were joined by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Derbyshire county councillor Damien Greenhalgh on Friday to bury a time capsule detailing the ten-month construction of the project.

The school enjoyed a whole variety of activities to celebrate the completion of the work, which has seen the creation of a new building, connected to the existing school, to provide a spacious state-of-the-art classroom with disabled access, a nurture room and a large disabled toilet with hoisting system.

Cllr Greenhalgh, county council deputy cabinet member for children and young people, unveiled a plaque marking the official opening of the new building, funded by Derbyshire County Council, while children sang special construction songs.

Mr Bingham then cut the ribbon to open the new building before burying the time capsule, which contains dozens of photos of the project, a poem written by year three and year four pupils, newspaper style reports about the project by year five and year six pupils and a special book celebrating the build, created by year four pupil Luke Topham.

Sue Kennedy, headteacher at Hague Bar Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to complete this major project and occupy our superb new building.

“We are an enterprising school with outstanding features and there is no doubt that this new building will bring a wealth of benefits to our pupils and really inspire their learning and development.”

And Mr Bingham added: “It was wonderful to be a part of this very special celebration for the school.

“The children had obviously worked very hard to come up with the unique contents of their time capsule. I was delighted to help them bury their capsule in the ground next to this fantastic new building, which will be a great asset to this school.”

The building was designed and built by Derbyshire County Council. The school has also carried out a £20,000 refurbishment of existing toilet facilities and added accessible doors throughout the building for wheelchair use.