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SLIDESHOW: Soham’s new primary school opens for business

By Ely News  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Head Lisa Gregory Picture by Richard Patterson

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Teacher Charlie Avison Picture by Richard Patterson

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Head Lisa Gregory Picture by Richard Patterson

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Head Lisa Gregory Picture by Richard Patterson

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Picture by Richard Patterson

  • 07/01/14 Formal opening of Soham's new primary school - Shade Primary School, The Shade, Soham, Ely 07/01/14 New Shade Primary School Soham Picture by Richard Patterson

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Soham’s eagerly-anticipated new primary school has thrown open its doors.

After years of planning and building work, The Shade Primary School welcomed its first batch of pupils yesterday (Tuesday).

The school, which is being run by the Staploe Education Trust, has been operating out of a temporary building at the town’s Weatheralls Primary School since last September.

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.

Lisa Gregory, who is head of The Shade and Kennett Primary School, also operated by the trust, said: “I can’t explain how amazing it is to have moved into The Shade.

“We’ve been at The Weatheralls for a few months which has been great as it really enabled to children to settle in.

“They were so excited to move into the new building, as were we. It’s stunning and it’s fantastic to be teaching and learning in such state-of-the-art surroundings.”

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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