BALLOONS filled the sky as a school celebrated the opening of a new unit for its youngest pupils.
Bewley Primary School, in Billingham, welcomed the completion of its new foundation unit that has been built for nursery and reception youngsters.
The unit is just part of bigger developments since Bewley Infant and Bewley Junior schools amalgamated to create Bewley Primary School in September.
The school, in Low Grange Avenue, held an assembly for parents before the foundation unit was opened by Val Watkins, who retired as headteacher of the infants school in July.
It will open to children after half term.
Headteacher Steve Aistrup said: “We are really pleased it is finished. We feel we are offering a really nice facility for children to begin their learning at the school.”
At the moment the schools are on separate sites close to each other.
Building work has started on exciting new developments, including a large extension being built on to the infant site.
The second phase of the work will include a new building with eight classrooms, studio and an open work area.
Both schools are due be on the same site from September next year.
The infant and junior schools were separated by just a footpath.
Mr Aistrup added: “It is a really exciting time at the moment for the school.
“We are really looking forward to the other parts of the programme and everybody being on one site together.”
Pupils were presented with commemorative mugs and photographs at the end of last term.
Bewley Junior School opened in 1966 and Bewley Infant School in 1965.