The Bishop of Durham was in Hartlepool to open its latest primary school.
The Right Rev Paul Butler went along to the Holy Trinity Church of England Primary School, in Seaton Carew, to open the new £2.5million building.
As well as unveiling a plaque, the Bishop was taken on a tour of the new facilities.
Bishop Paul said: “One of the things which has really impressed me is the way the space has been used, including the size of the classrooms plus the break-out spaces, and the whole place has the feeling of care for the children so that their learning can happen as well as it possibly can.”
The 1,300sq-metre single-storey building – which has been delivered through the Government’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) – has been built on the site of the school’s former building, which dated back to the 1920s.
With 210 places for four to 11-year-olds plus 26 full time-equivalent nursery places, the new state-of-the-art building boasts a host of new features, such as rooms for small group working, a learning resource centre and the latest mobile technology in each classroom.
The furniture has been specially designed to the school’s specification by Hartlepool company Optimum and the heating and lighting is energy efficient.
Parents have helped with funding to equip the school and ward councillors used their budgets to buy books for the library.