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RAF flypast and a famous face marks opening of new Grantham primary school

A special event was held this week to mark the official opening of a brand new state-of-the-art primary school.

The Mayor of Grantham joined parents, pupils and delegates for the official opening of Poplar Farm Primary School, on Wednesday, which opened its doors to 49 pupils last week, as part of Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T Academies)

Poplar Farm official opening. (4138937)
Poplar Farm official opening. (4138937)

TV personality Jen Pringle was invited to unveil the plaque to commemorate the official opening of the school, which is located just off Barrowby Road.

Jen, famous for her role as a presenter and voiceover artist on Channel 5s Milkshake, lifted the curtain to unveil the plaque before a variety of memorabilia was placed in a time capsule by a handful of pupils.

Tv presenter Jen Pringle tucked into some Poplar Farm cake. (4181154)
Tv presenter Jen Pringle tucked into some Poplar Farm cake. (4181154)

The time capsule itself, which included a new school sweatshirt, press articles about the school and photographs, will be opened in seven years time when the first cohort of pupils will be ready to leave Poplar Farm and move on to secondary school.

The capsule also included articles from the children about what they would like to be in the future, including footballers, princesses and even a dinosaur trainer. One child ‘just wanted to make things out of playdough.’

The time capsule was buried inside the school. (4181152)
The time capsule was buried inside the school. (4181152)

Jen, who travelled from London to be at the opening on Wednesday morning, said: “It’s been a privilege and an honour to be here today at Poplar Farm Primary School. The teachers and the children are an asset to the school, even though it has only just opened.

“The school is going to progress from strength to strength. The facilities are above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen at a school, they are extra special. The children all look so smart in their school uniforms. They might not realise it now but school days really are the best days of your life.”

The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181158)
The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181158)

The ceremony began with a speech from principal Jenny Wheeldon who explained the 18-month process behind the development of the impressive building that dominates the landscape on the Newton’s Place housing estate.

The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181156)
The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181156)

She said: “I have lived and breathed this project for 18 months.

“Today is the culmination of an amazing

team effort to go from an opening bid in front of the Department for Education to standing in front of our first cohort of pupils.

“What a magnificent building this is and just as many people are transforming their new houses into a home, we are transforming this building into an outstanding school. Together we can shape our children’s future.”

The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181160)
The new pupils placed special items in the time capsule. (4181160)

Guests were treated to tours of the building and a piece of Poplar Farm School cake as they celebrated the opening of the school that will eventually house 420 pupils.

Peter Bell, CEO of Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.) added: “I would like to thank Jenny Wheeldon, principal of Poplar Farm School, the C.I.T Team, the Local Authority, and the Department for Education, who have all worked so hard together, to open this fantastic educational facility.

“It was wonderful to see so many parents and families, who also joined us today.”

Mayor of Grantham, Coun Lynda Coutts watched as the time capsule was buried.

She said: “It has been great that everyone came together for such an enjoyable occasion. The school will be a great asset for Grantham.

“The children have been so well behaved, especially as they only started school last week.”

The event concluded with a special ‘100-year’ RAF flypast. This theme was woven into the day, with children and adults discussing how schooling has changed during the last century.


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