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Official opening date confirmed for St Modwen's Catholic Primary School

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

By Laura Hammond

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AN official opening date has been set for the new St Modwen's Catholic Primary School in Burton.

Staffordshire County Council has confirmed the school will have its ceremonial launch on September 10, after children started school for the new term in the week before.

It will be a return to the new Tutbury Road site for most of the children, who spent a week there bedding in before the school year ended in July.

A spokesman for the council told the Mail: "The children will be in school from September 2, and there will be an opening, which will be ceremonial in nature, on September 10."

Building staff will almost be taking part in the everyday life of the school for the first week, as they deal with any minor problems which could only come to light once the building was inhabited.

Details of the official opening have not yet been announced by the county council.

The new school will have room for 420 pupils, to accommodate the rapidly increasing number of children looking to be schooled there.

The old school site is in Belvoir Road, Burton, opposite one of the Queen's Hospital car parks.

In preparation for the school's opening, a new speed limit and traffic restrictions are being imposed along Tutbury Road.

The current 30mph speed limit, which ends at the edge of the school, will be extended from today, taking it 170m further up the busy road. The area currently has a 40mph limit.

A new order has been put in place to prevent people from stopping along the road, and a no waiting restriction has been put on the road between certain hours.

The changes, which all come into force permanently from today, aim to make the road safer for pupils and parents.

They were put forward following consultation with residents along the route, who said this would be the best option to ensure safety.

The school is part of a major development scheme which the council is orchestrating on the road.

Hundreds of homes will also be built on the space, between Tutbury Road and Rolleston Road.

A 47-week programme of road improvements is already under way along the stretch of road, which have caused some disruption for residents and motorists using the main route between Burton and Tutbury.

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