Mini Lord Mayors help open new wing of primary school
The Lord Mayor of Bradford was joined by her two miniatures last week to mark the official opening of Thornbury Primary School’s new state-of-the-art facilities.
After months of development work, the school, on Dick Lane, welcomed parents, governors and pupils alike to their new floor of rooms on Thursday 12th November.
As part of a £250,000 remodelling programme, the site has been transformed with the creation of a mezzanine floor on what was previously the high roof void of the school hall.
The space now boasts a film studio, nurture rooms, mentors’ rooms, three breakout rooms which will be used for interventions, meeting rooms, offices, toilets, a kitchen and a print room.
Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Joanne Dodds, opened the facilities with the help of the school’s own mini Mayor and Mayoress, who had earlier been elected to their positions.
Head teacher Clare Daddy said: “It is incredible to finally have this space open and to welcome in parents who have been so supportive throughout the development.
“The additional accommodation provides the school with a better teaching and learning environment. For example, previously one-to-one teaching and interventions were carried out in corridors. We now have nurture rooms where one-to-one teaching and learning can take place.”
Speaking about the film studio, Ms Daddy added: “Our green room is now one of the unique features in our school.
“Filming not only helps improve a child’s confidence, but helps with their development of language and articulation skills. Plus, on top of that, it is a lot of fun.”
Prior to the ribbon cutting, guests were invited to attend a celebration assembly at the school where the school’s own Mayor and Mayoress were selected via a ‘lucky dip’ process.
Year Five pupil, Tayyub Moghul and Year Six’s Sumayyah Ahmed were eventually selected and presented with their own robes.
The pair will now be ambassadors for the school throughout the school year, attending school events and assemblies.
Sumayyah said she was ‘surprised’ when her name was called out and looked forward to holding the position at Thornbury.
“I do a lot of work at the school but was very surprised when my name was picked out,” she said. “I’m very proud to be the Mayoress for the school and am really happy Miss Daddy is our head.”