Back to school will not be so nerve-wracking for some youngsters in Crowland because they got to play in their new facilities during the summer holidays.
An open day coincided with a community outdoor youth activity day at Crowland South View Primary in Postland Road – the former site of University Academy Holbeach.
Pupils and parents were able to look around the new school, which opens on Monday with 386 pupils, while the Lincolnshire Youth and Community Development team, led by Carol Hellen, ran Activate sports and arts events outside for local young people.
Peterborough United players went along and well as RAF police dogs, and there were other activities such as face painting.
The new school is set on six-and-a-half acres of grounds and a total rebuild has taken place on the site since the secondary school closed last year.
In addition to the main school, there is an extended block for Children’s Centre Services and extra provision.
Headteacher Louise Luter said: “Staff and governors have been working hard throughout the summer to move our thriving school and the open day saw what’s been missing – the children and parents.
“We are thrilled our children have the school they deserve and we are all excited about the future of education for the children and community of Crowland.”
Coun Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive councillor for children’s services, said: “The newly-refurbished school site will bring important improvements to facilities and provide more places for local children.
“Community access to the school has also been at the forefront of our minds to enure facilities are readily available for the local community to use, while additional classrooms and more children on roll with bring financial benefits for the school.
“We thank the contractor, D Brown Building Contractors Ltd, who have worked pro-actively with both representatives of the school and the county council to ensure the project was completed on time and within resources available.”