A ‘flagship’ free school has officially opened the doors of its new building to pupils as its long awaited launch finally arrived last week.

In front of esteemed guests, including the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain, the Rainbow Primary School, in Bradford, cut the ribbon to welcome pupils and students alike into the new premises on Nelson Street.

Hailed as a ‘flagship’ free school by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove when it opened it September 2011, the school has already achieved great success and will hope to build on that in their new home.

Rainbow was rated ‘Good’ in its first ever Ofsted inspection in 2013, applying to all areas of inspection including the achievement of its pupils, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of the children, and its leadership and management.

The new building, at the site of a former fire station, will be the district’s first three-form entry Free School, offering 75 places at a time when primary school places are needed in Bradford.

OPEN: Rainbow Primary School pupils and staff celebrate moving into their new home alongside Bradford Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain
OPEN: Rainbow Primary School pupils and staff celebrate moving into their new home alongside Bradford Lord Mayor, Cllr Khadim Hussain

Amjad Pervez, local entrepreneur and the Chair of the Rainbow Schools Trust, was delighted to finally see the new building complete and looked forward to a long and prosperous future for the school.

“What a fantastic achievement to bring the idea of the free school to fruition from the hopes and plans such a  short time ago, and in such a wonderful setting,” he said.

“This is a truly great day, when we can see how happy and excited the children are, and how the staff and parents are already delighted with the new building after just a week.

“They have the state-of-the-art facilities which will really help them all to flourish and excel.”

The school, which started life in a Victorian building on Manningham Lane, is now housed in a £4million curved structure reflecting the feeling of a rainbow, and with a prism-shaped room at its heart where the children can meet and chat.

The school is open to all pupils, regardless of ethnicity, social background or faith whilst literacy, numeracy and cohesion are high on its curriculum, with no class larger than 25 children.

Rainbow’s day is longer than most other schools, and pupils attend one Saturday every month and a week’s Summer School during the long holiday.

Parent Universities and parent-teacher-child conferences keep families involved in supporting the school and aware of their child’s progress. The School Council meets every two months with its discussions open to the public and parents/guardians.

Currently numbering 170 pupils, Rainbow caters for two reception classes plus Years One to Five, with Year Six coming on stream from September 2014. The move to Nelson Street will allow it to expand to 525 pupils.