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A tree was planted as part of the symbolic opening of a new primary school academy in Corby.

Two pupils planted an apple tree in the grounds of Corby Primary Academy’s new home in Oakley Vale.

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The new start was marked by Sir Barry Day, chief executive of the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) – the academy sponsor – officially opening the Butland Road premises.

Pupils had been learning in temporary accommodation since it opened in September 2013.

The new state of the art academy buildings are the result of a £6.3 million building programme, funded by Northamptonshire County Council.

Nikki Lamond, principal of the academy, said: “The pupils are really delighted with their new classrooms.

“We have a full reception year which is extremely encouraging and demonstrates the high demand for school places for children in the Oakley Vale area.”

Giles Bachelon, a parent from Jay Road, Corby said: “I think Corby Primary Academy has a fantastic headteacher and is a brilliant school.”

Sir Barry, said: “Last year’s temporary accommodation provided a perfect opportunity for the children to establish strong links with the staff team and get to know each other.

“This provided the children with an excellent start to their school life.”

Paul Balmer, chairman of the Oakley Vale Community Association, added: “It’s brilliant to see, because we have an issue with school places here – we have 200 births a year in Oakley Vale.”

And local councillor Judy Caine added: “It’s an excellent facility with wonderful resources, and children and staff seem very happy. I’m delighted to see Corby Primary Academy in Oakley Vale.”