New £3m Scunthorpe school on Lakeside about to open doors to 90 pupils
The Telegraph can reveal what the town's newest school will look like, as pupils prepare for the autumn term.
The £3m St Peter and St Paul's School in the Lakeside estate of Scunthorpe will open its doors for the first time on Thursday, September 6.
It has been set up to meet a growing demand for school places in that part of town.
The Church of England school will take in pupils from homes in the ever-expanding Lakeside area, although youngsters from other areas will also be welcome.
The new school has a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly biomass boiler which will provide power to the site.
An open learning area in the middle of the school with bookshelves and sofas will offer pupils a central space to read and relax.
There are three classrooms at the new school, although this may increase in time.
The school will be run by head teacher Katie McGuire, who was previously in charge of a primary school in the Grimsby area.
She said she was looking forward to the new term.
"It is fantastic seeing it all come together," she said.
"The school already has a community feel to it."
A total of 90 children will be taken in to begin with, although this will rise to 210 places by September next year to meet demand for places as more housing becomes available in the area.
Outside the school there will be hard and soft landscaping to create playgrounds, outdoor curriculum areas and a junior football pitch.
The logo for the school features a blast furnace to represent the steelworks and a swan in a pond to recognise the importance of the nearby Ashby Ville ponds.
The contract to build the school was awarded to the Gelder Group Ltd and the school took around a year to build.
Staff think it will provide an excellent place for youngsters to learn and develop.
And in an effort to ensure a high quality education for the area's children, a rigorous application process has ensured that the new intake of teachers for the school are all of the highest standard.
The staff will include three teachers, Ms McGuire, a deputy head teacher and other ancillary staff.
"It is nice to get here, where now it is about building up relationships," she said.
"To bring a team together from scratch, you need to get the right people.
"It's been a steep learning curve, but there were no setbacks that could not be overcome."