The Bishop of Suffolk celebrated with parents, pupils, governors and staff at the grand opening of a new primary school in Combs yesterday.
Trinity Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, in Lavenham Way, received its first reception pupils earlier this month.
The Rt Reverend Dr David Thomson, acting Bishop for the Church of England in Suffolk, said he was delighted the school had opened its doors.
He said: “It’s a great privilege for me to be able to officially open this splendid new school for the children of Combs and Stowmarket.
“As I bless the school I will be praying that it will offer them a first-class education and a firm foundation got their whole lives.”
The school’s new headteacher, Linda Curran-Spain, who was formally the headteacher of Kersey CEVAP school, said: “We are delighted with the transformation of our school into a bright purpose built learning environment for early years children and look forward to the continual development of Trinity during the coming years.
“After a summer of building work it is really wonderful to hear the laughter and learning of our children finally filling the school.
“The building and design team have done an amazing job, Trinity is a wonderful learning environment in a beautiful setting which we aim to fully utilise, incorporating outdoor learning into our curriculum so we reach out beyond our classrooms and into our wonderful world ensuring learning is creative, active and fun.
“We are challenging our pupils to reach beyond their expectations and through a nurturing, child-centred, positive approach, instil in every child the confidence to achieve.”
The school, which has 45 reception places and sits on the same site as Combs Middle School, is eventually due to grow to 315 pupils.