The first spades of earth have been dug to begin work to build a new school at Elsea Park for primary children in Bourne.
There was great excitement on Tuesday as a ceremonial turf-cutting event was held to mark the start of the project.
Builders from developers Geda Construction will move onto the site on October 28 to begin the work in earnest.
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has been chosen to run the new £2.5m school, which will open with a class of 30 reception children in September next year and will eventually accommodate 210 pupils.
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy chairman of governors John Kirkman said: “It is a very exciting time. We are looking forward to getting the work started.
“We have been waiting for an awful long time for this. It has been ear-marked for 10 years.
“This is going to be a state-of-the-art school and this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get this right for the people of the town and Elsea Park.”
Lincolnshire County Council executive councillor for children’s services, Patricia Bradwell, said the new school would be at the heart of the community.
She said: “The co-operation of Kier Homes and the district council in a practical way has allowed us to develop the school when demand for places has grown and it’s the right time for it to be built. This will also minimise the potential impact on other local schools.
“We are working closely with the new school operator for Elsea Park, Bourne Abbey Primary Academy, while we’ll continue to involve both local communities.”
Kier Homes sales and marketing director David Thomas added: “We are delighted to be marking the official start of works for this fantastic new school that will be a wonderful asset to so many families moving into our new properties at Elsea Park.
“It’s an exciting time to see the project getting underway”.
On Wednesday night, a meeting was held at Elsea Park community centre to discuss plans for the school and answer questions from prospective parents.
Admissions for the Elsea Park school will open at the same time as the rest of the primary schools in Lincolnshire on November 18.