PUPILS at Wood End Academy are celebrating the opening of their innovative new learning block.
The opening of the year six building at Wood End Academy, Greenford, was attended by parents, architects, governors, Neil Cott construction and representatives from Ealing council on July 1.
The structure houses a library, four classrooms, changing rooms, a music and drama studio and a multi-purpose hall where the ceremony was held.
Anne Hayes, head teacher at the Vernon Rise-based academy, said: "It was the most special day, the sun was shining and all our visitors came. It’s an absolutely beautiful building. Year six now have their own space which is a step towards them moving to high school."
The wing was opened by the Chair of Governors, Derek Goss, who attended Wood End as a child, as did his children and grandchildren.
Mrs Hayes said: "We thought he was someone that has the emotional attachment. It all went extremely well."
The head said that architect Rajiv Marwaha found it moving to see the students in the building and that they asked him questions about the design and aspects they enjoyed.
She said: "It was wonderful for him to see it come to life. The building process has taken two years but we knew that great good was going to come from it. The classrooms are good sizes and there is lots of natural light. Parents think it’s tremendous, they were awe-struck and could see how it would aid learning."
She said the year six pupils moved into their new rooms in March but the school waited until final touches were complete before holding an official opening event.
Children put on different singing and dancing performances for the launch and the kitchen staff prepared an afternoon tea with cakes for everyone.