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Red letter day for proud pupils at Leeds’s newest school

Tyrese Warren, 10, Tommy Hall, chairman of Govenors, Tracy Madison, 10, Chloe Hudson, four, Alexander Sardinha, four, and Sue Mudie, head teacher, at the official opening of Richmond Hill Primary School.

Tyrese Warren, 10, Tommy Hall, chairman of Govenors, Tracy Madison, 10, Chloe Hudson, four, Alexander Sardinha, four, and Sue Mudie, head teacher, at the official opening of Richmond Hill Primary School.

  • by Juliette Bains
 

Children have been making a song and dance about their brand new mullti-million pound school in east Leeds.

Dozens of Richmond Hill Primary School pupils performed in front of a cheering crowd to celebrate the official opening of the £11m site.

The school, which also caters for children with complex social and communication difficulties such as autism, has relocated from its previous site on Clark Lane to a new site just down the road.

The new award-winning and energy efficient building is the largest Passivhaus building in the country.

Headteacher Sue Mudie said: “When we were on the neighbouring site, it was 60 years old and had lots of problems.

“It has been hard but it is wonderful to be here together and the results are clear to see.

“We have had to pack up, move and unpack and everybody has done it with a smile.

“The kids are really excited and we’ve had a bit of a fun day.”

Mrs Mudie, who is married to Leeds East Labour MP George, added: “It feels like home already.”

Youngsters serenaded visitors with a cover of a song by the Foo Fighters and performed a dance routine choreographed by Leeds-based DAZL Dancers.

The school currently has 310 pupils.

Tommy Hall, chair of the school governors, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The building is awesome and the first of its kind.

“My son went to school here about 15 years ago and hopefully it will be here for these kids and their kids in the future.

“I am hoping it will set the trend for new development in east Leeds.”

Pupil Macy Grinnell, 10, said: “The old school used to have leaks but this one is bigger and better.”

Pupil Evin Grinnell, six, is a member of the school council. She said: “It is ginormous and better than the last school.”

Couns Asghar Khan and Coun Ronald Grahame (Burmantofts and Richmond Hill) also attended the event along with Leeds Rhinos player Chris Clarkson.

 

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