Delight as new school is declared open by Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire
The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire officially opened Bourne Elsea Park CE Primary Academy on Monday, to the delight of the pupils, staff and governors.
The Lord Lieutenant, Tony Worth who has a long association with Bourne, was honoured to officially open the school as a last thank you before his retirement later this month.
Chairman of Governors, John Kirkman welcomed the Lord Lieutenant and thanked all of those present who had played a part in the planning, construction and preparation of the school which opened in September 2014.
A special thanks was made to the Len Pick Trust who helped to fund a multi- media centre and the Central England Cooperative who made a donation to help fund a library area and training suite.
Following a prayer for the new school made by Father Chris Atkinson, the Lord Lieutenant drew back the curtains to reveal the opening plaque which featured the colours of the building.
The pupils also gave a special thank you to the Lord Lieutenant by reading out poems they had written especially for the occasion.
Executive headteacher, Cherry Edwards said: “What an amazing and immensely proud moment to be part of the official opening of our school.
“I am sure everyone who attended the opening felt much deserved pride when they saw the children and heard the words of their poems and songs celebrating the joy of being able to attend this fabulous new educational facility.”
After the opening the guests were invited to look around the school, along with the Lord Lieutenant who joined the children in the hall at lunchtime. The pupils were especially excited to ask him about the ceremonial sword he carries.
John Kirkman said: “It was a very special day for the school. The children, governors and staff were delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant for this official opening.
“It was an occasion which will be long remembered by all who were there and especially by our wonderful children.”
Other special guests included the Lord Lieutenant’s wife, representatives from Lincolnshire County Council and the Diocese of Lincoln.
Executive councillor for children’s services Patricia Bradwell (Con) said: “We are delighted to have played a major part in building the new school. The total cost of the build was over £3.1m, delivered and project managed by the county council.
“It was funded from our Basic Need Grant of £1.3m as well as developer contributions of £1.8m. It will be a massive boost to the area in providing an excellent new choice of school for parents to consider for their children.”