Sparks and songs open new school

Mayor Dave Hodgson opens Kings Oak Primary in Bedford.

Mayor Dave Hodgson opens Kings Oak Primary in Bedford.

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Songs were sung and fireworks filled the sky as a new primary school hosted its official opening ceremony.

The newly-formed King’s Oak Primary School, in Bedford, welcomed visitors and Mayor Dave Hodgson to the event, held yesterday (Wednesday).

Kings Oak Primary, Bedford, opens with farm animals.

Kings Oak Primary, Bedford, opens with farm animals.

The school is on the site of the former Stephenson Lower School and Harrowden Middle School, which closed in July. King’s Oak Primary welcomed pupils from nursery to age 11 from September.

The school also adopted a menagerie of pigs, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs, ducks and a cockatiel, from what was Abbey Middle School’s farm after it also closed in July.

Headteacher ,Alison England ,said: “We are delighted to be able to make a real difference to the children within our community, which is having a positive impact on their learning opportunities.

“I especially want to thank the local authority, governors, staff, parents and children for all their support in making this possible.”

The opening day featured dance and choir performances from pupils, followed by fireworks on the playing field.

The school is in Oak Road, off London Road.