The first set of pupils have been welcomed to Alconbury Weald’s primary school as it opened its doors.

The ribbon was cut on Ermine Street Church Academy in an unveiling which showcased the £8.9 million development, built by Morgan Sindall.

Adrian Shepherd, head teacher of the new school, said: "As a new school, the Ermine

Street Church Academy provides exciting opportunities for learning and personal development.

"The chance to develop a school from inception doesn't come along very often and everyone involved is committed to achieving outstanding success for local children."

The academy forms part of the first stages of the development, with 5,000 new homes also planned.

The academy will be run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust in partnership with the Methodist Academies and Schools Trust.

Nigel Hugill, chairman of Urban&Civic, said: "Careful planning stands at the very core of Alconbury Weald and our intention is that the safe walking and scoot to school routes, alongside a wealth of community and sports facilities."

Initially the class sizes will be small and most classes will be mixed-aged but as more families move into Alconbury Weald, the school will expand and will accommodate 420 pupils with two classes for every year group.

The school is also hosting a series of open days through September to give residents and prospective students a chance to the see the completed school.

INFO:www.erminestreetca.org.uk.