A MOSAIC of a new school logo was unveiled this week at the official opening of Greasley Beauvale Primary School.
The £6m school building, funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, was opened by council chairman Keith Walker at a ceremony on Monday.
Pupils moved in to the new building, which houses pupils from Greasley Beuavale infants and junior school, on the playing fields of the old schools at the start of term.
The infants school, where DH Lawrence was a pupil and teacher, and the junior school on either side of Dovecote Road, merged to become one school three years ago.
Cllr Walker said: “Most striking is what a phenomenal space this is and the positive effect bringing everyone together onto one site has had on motivating pupils and staff. I wish everyone at Greasley Beauvale Primary School continued success.”
A three-foot ceramic mosaic depicting the school’s new logo, designed by year two pupil Sydney Greaves, takes pride of place in the school entrance.
It shows two children holding a rainbow after Lawrence’s novel of the same name.
Features of the new, purpose-built building include a large hall with a balcony, dedicated music area and extensive library.
The new school has also been designed with a separate entrance for staff and deliveries ensuring that the main entrance, with extended car parking for drop-offs and pick-ups, makes safety a priority for pupils entering and leaving the school.
Headteacher Donna Chambers said: “Our vision was to ensure that the school reflects and values the work of everyone and gives children opportunities to take an active part in school life promoting their sense of belonging.
“Being together on one site in such a fabulous building is promoting just that. We’re so lucky.”
According to Nottinghamshire County Council, the number of children on the roll has already increased since the school opened in September and this interest is continuing to grow weekly.
n See what the children think on page six.