11:19 Tuesday 28 January 2014

SLIDESHOW: Gymnastics champion Luke Carson formally opens Soham's new school

Written byJORDAN DAY

Irish gymnastics champion Luke Carson was in Soham yesterday (Monday) to formally open the town’s newest primary school.

The Shade Primary School may have opened its doors earlier this month but Commonwealth Games hopeful Luke, from Northern Ireland, visited the school to officially open the new facilities.

The talented gymnast worked with the school’s Reception-aged children during the day, helping them to perfect their roly-polies.

Around 120 people then saw Luke at the formal opening ceremony, which also featured performances from local primary and secondary pupils.

Lisa Gregory, head of the school, which is being run by the Staploe Education Trust, said: “Our formal opening day was fantastic.

“Luke was really good with the children. He spent a lot of time with them, not only teaching them some gymnastics moves but also inspiring them, and we hope they will remember the day for years to come.

“It was brilliant to welcome so many people into the school and show them around. The feedback we received was really pleasing.”

After years of planning and building work, The Shade Primary School welcomed its first batch of pupils on January 7.

The school, which takes Soham’s total number of primary schools to three, is currently catering for 32 Reception-aged children, split into two classes.

The multi-million pound new facilities, built to provide places for the ever-increasing number of primary school children in East Cambridgeshire, will accept another class of children in September, and every year on from then.

Miss Gregory was the former assistant head teacher at Soham’s St Andrew’s Primary School.

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