Students and staff at Newbridge Junior School in Portsmouth were joined by VIP guests to celebrate the grand opening of the school’s new site for its Year 6 pupils, The Bridge, at The Portsmouth Academy.
The grand opening was a star-studded event attended by VIP guests including Portsmouth FC defender Jack Whatmough, Cabinet Member for Education at Portsmouth City Council Councillor Neill Young, and the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Ken Ellcome, who cut the ribbon to officially open the new site.
Newbridge Junior School’s Year 6 students will benefit from brand new classrooms fitted with interactive TV technology at The Bridge. They will also have access to the modern facilities at The Portsmouth Academy, which is also part of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT). The location of the new site will ensure that the students are secondary school-ready, whilst still being part of the familiar and supportive atmosphere of their primary school.
The opening ceremony featured speeches from those involved in the project and a special performance from a drumming troupe, and guests took part in guided tours of the brand new facilities.
The opening of The Bridge follows a very successful summer of SATs results at Newbridge Junior School, with progress significantly above floor targets, students achieving above the national average in all subjects, and the school ranked in the top five schools in Portsmouth.
Anna Webb, Headteacher at Newbridge Junior School, said:
“We are delighted that The Bridge is now officially open, and very thankful to everyone who has been involved in the project. We were pleased to see so many visitors at the grand opening event, which was a huge success.”
“This is an exciting moment for students and staff at Newbridge Junior School and at The Portsmouth Academy, as the new site allows our two schools to work together even more closely in future.”