Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for East Ham, visited Essex Primary School in Manor Park last week, for the official opening of the school's new suite of classrooms. One and a half million pounds has been spent on the new development, which has been built over the last two years.
Also present for the opening ceremony on November 10th were Andrew Panton, Newham Council's Deputy Director of Education, local Councillors Pat Sheekey and Sukdev Marway, and the Chair of the school's Governors, Hira Islam. Cllr Alec Kellaway - himself a former student at the school - was also in attendance.
Headteacher Rosie Cowan and current Essex Primary pupils showed the guests around the eight new classrooms, which will house 240 students. The new development also includes a conference room for pupils and staff, dedicated learning mentor facilities, two computer studies rooms and a brand new library. The visitors were given the opportunity to see the state-of-the-art book withdrawal system, which makes use of a fingerprint scanner, in action.
Speaking after the opening Mr Timms said "Essex Primary is one of many schools in East Ham that are currently undertaking major building projects thanks to this Government's additional investment in education. Generations of Newham youngsters will benefit from these new facilities at Essex School and I hope that they will go on to greater educational achievements - and better life opportunities - as a result."