STROUD MP David Drew joined a group of dignitaries in opening Thrupp Primary School’s brand new classrooms today.

Past school heads, governors, teachers, parents and children gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, which took place at the school in Thrupp Lane.

Guests were treated to a rendition of, Somewhere over the Rainbow, by the school choir, which was followed by a whole school performance of Gary Barlow’s Sing.

After the official opening, headteacher June Pritchard took Mr Drew and other invited guests on a tour of the new classrooms, which house the school’s Key Stage one children.

Mrs Pritchard also outlined the plans to create a level playing field where the old temporary classrooms were based.

With the new classrooms in place and the discussion of a new playing field, Mrs Pritchard believes Thrupp Primary School is brilliant facility for the children.

“The new building provides a wonderful learning environment, said Mrs Pritchard.

“All the classrooms are spacious, bright and the children and staff love them. We are delighted. ”

Mr Drew is also delighted at the development of the school.

He said: “I was so pleased to be asked to perform this duty.

It has taken nearly 20 years to get to this stage and it is fantastic to see the project now nearly complete. “My congratulations to all concerned especially the head, teachers, governors, councillors and parents.

“They must all be very proud of what they have achieved.”