Pupils from a Bradford Primary school got a closer look at their soon-to-be new home earlier this week, as children and teachers alike partook in a special tree planting ceremony.
Rainbow Primary School will finally receive the keys to the Nelson Street establishment next week, from builders Kier Northern, as the finishing touches are applied to the school.
The young tree, planted on Tuesday 3rd December, completed the landscaping aspect of the £4million development which will see the children and staff moved from their current premises on Manningham Lane.
Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, was on hand to help with the planting ceremony, whilst also having the special privilege of having an early look at the almost-finished site.
Children from the school’s Council assisted Cllr Dodds and also got a sneak peak at the premises which will cater for 170 pupils in the near-future.
Amjad Pervez, Chair of the Rainbow Schools’ Trust, said: “Planting a tree is a very symbolic act. It demonstrates the great hope we have for this school and these children. We have planted mature trees in the landscaping on the new site, and they will grow and flourish as the Rainbow Free School does.
“This generation, and their children and grandchildren will be able to enjoy the beauty and hope they represent.”
The move will bring the children close to the heart of the city centre on a convenient, flat site with its own sports field. The 40-year-old fire brigade HQ has been demolished to make way for a two-storey building with an inspirational prism-shaped room at its heart where children can meet, sit, and chat.
Rainbow Primary is open to all pupils ‘regardless of ethnicity, social background or faith’, and literacy, numeracy and cohesion are high on its curriculum, with no class larger than 25 children. In its latest Ofsted report, the school was rated as ‘Good’ and has been hailed as a ‘flagship free school’ by Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove.