PUPILS arrived for their first day at a brand new school in Rushden.
The newly created Denfield Park Primary School opened yesterday following a merger of Hayway Infants and Denfield Park Juniors.
The school accommodates about 500 children aged between three and 11-years-old, including youngsters who attend the school’s nursery.
Construction work on a £4.2m project to extend the old Denfield Park Junior School site to enable children from the former Hayway Infant School to move there began last summer.
Headteacher Angela Griffiths said there was a buzz of excitement at school yesterday when pupils arrived after being off for the Easter break.
She said: “It was a fantastic day.
“The children were really buzzing with excitement.
“To have everyone together on one site was really special for all the children, and a lot of them are now at school with their brothers and sisters.
“It is also now much easier for parents as they have only to drop-off at one place.”
The new extension includes toilets, an office and a staff room and a new covered play area, a multi-use games area and a car park.
A new access road to the primary school from John Clark Way has also been built and been named after Denfield Park’s much-loved former headteacher Bob Whitworth, who died at the beginning of last year.
The new access road, called Bob Whitworth Way, and the car park will mean the school’s former entrance off Victoria Road will only be used by staff which should alleviate congestion problems for residents in the area.