Joseph Hood celebrates new school building

Joseph Hood Primary School celebrated the opening of their new school building in an eco-friendly fashion this week.

With an eco-friendly balloon release and ribbon-cutting, the ‘We Love Joseph Hood’ ceremony marked the opening of the new £4.8 million school building with past and present pupils, teachers, members of the local community, the Mayor of Merton Councillor David Williams and cabinet member for education Councillor Martin Whelton in attendance.

Doubling the school’s capacity from 210 to 420 children, the new building was created to improve the facilities at the school with a two-storey extension comprising 12 classrooms with toilet blocks and group spaces, a main hall, a dining hall and a kitchen.

Mayor of Merton Councillor David Williams said: ‘The atmosphere at the opening ceremony today was reflected in its name; ‘We Love Joseph Hood’. The new school building is a credit to everyone who was involved in its creation, a big congratulations to all!’

Merton Council’s cabinet member for education, Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘I am delighted to have attended the opening of the expanded Joseph Hood school which is part of our long-term investment in schools and part of our large school expansion programme. The fantastic new building complements the original part of the school, with facilities which are of a very high standard. I have no doubt that the new building will serve the present and future pupils of Joseph Hood Primary School well, and has also considerably improved the school environment.’

Headteacher at Joseph Hood Primary School, Anita Saville said: ‘Our opening ceremony was a great success and I’m so pleased at how our new school building has turned out. I’d like to thank everybody involved in getting our new building up and running and for helping to make the opening ceremony an occasion to remember at Joseph Hood.’