THE wait is finally over for pupils at a new primary school in Burton which opened its doors for the first time today having being dogged by months of setbacks.
The 420-pupil Scientia Academy has opened in Mona Road, Horninglow, and is the first school to be built in Staffordshire since education chiefs signalled their intent to create thousands of new places to meet increasing demand.
The school boasts top-of-the-range facilities, including an IT suite and training room, a sensory room and tennis courts.
Mayor Michael Rodgers joined beaming head teacher Yateen Bhoola to cut the ribbon this morning.
It had originally been hoped that the school would open last September in time for the new school year but delays, attributed to adverse weather over the past year, has seen the new pupils being taught in temporary classrooms at the former Belvedere Park Club site for the last six months.
Education bosses insisted they had prepared for the build to run beyond the target date and that temporary classrooms had always been lined up as a contingency plan.
Ben Adams, cabinet member for learning and skills at Staffordshire County Council, said: “The opening of this brand new school shows our commitment to ensure young people in Staffordshire get the education opportunities they deserve, and parents have the right choice of schools for their children.
“In fact, a total of 913 new primary school places have been provided across Staffordshire in 2013/14 to ensure the county is well placed to meet current and future demand for primary places.
“In Burton we have worked hard to ensure there are enough primary school places.
“Along with the other developments taking place at Christchurch Infant School, River View Primary and Nursery School and the new St Modwen’s School, we can confidently say that the future of education in Burton looks very bright indeed.”