THERE was plenty to celebrate when Moira Primary School held a party for staff, parents and pupils on Friday.
Not only was the site marking its 50th anniversary on its current site, but also the fact it will be working as a full primary school for the first time ever when it reopens in September.
And as if that was not enough, there has also been a refurbishment of the classrooms, which means the Blackfordby Lane site now has a fresh new look.
Acting head teacher Diana Saunders told the Mail: “This is such an exciting time for Moira School.
“The school has gone from strength to strength.
“Children are now able to be here from the foundation stage, right through to when they transfer to the high school.
“Governors here have been determined to appoint high quality staff in this wonderful building.”
Staff, governors, pupils and families enjoyed a party last week to celebrate the changes at the school, and look forward to the next 50 years.
When children return to school after the summer holidays, the school will be accepting pupils in year six for the first time.
New staff have been put in place to facilitate the new arrivals, headed up by Karen Hambleton, who will be taking the helm after joining from a school in Derbyshire.
The school has been working for a long time to get up to full capacity.
A funding shortage in 1964 meant it was not possible to offer education from reception until year six, and children had to leave at seven to finish their primary education elsewhere.
In 2011, the school finally gained the ability to accept all ages, and it has been gradually expanding until it is now at full capacity.
John Perry, Ashby Woulds Mayor, and chairman of governors at Moira Primary School said: “After 50 years on this site Moira will finally become a full primary school, thanks to the determination and support of the whole school community.
“As chairman, I cannot thank staff, parents, governors and children enough.
“It is all of them working together who have set Moira School on a strong course for success over the next 50 years and beyond.”