Minerva Primary Academy’s brand new state-of-the-art building has now been officially opened by novelist, cookery writer, TV personality and business woman Prue Leith CBE.

After the opening, Prue spent time touring the stunning new building and she spoke with pupils, parents, carers and staff.

The new build boasts amazing spaces for pupils to thrive and develop. These include: a dance studio, project break out spaces and an enrichment room with a fully functioning kitchen for cookery and baking. In the coming year the Academy will be developing the grounds to provide a stimulating environment for play and outdoor learning including a construction area, outdoor cooking space, an amphitheatre for performances, sand and water play areas and some green areas to explore.

The academy has been extremely privileged to have Toby Paterson (award-winning artist with an international reputation) create lots of artistic elements that have transformed the building. His input includes fabulous huge stairwell paintings, specially designed screens, bespoke canopies, signage, facade design and Minerva owl sculptures. Toby’s creative artistry means that Minerva Academy is like no other school.

Pete Hallam, Principal said, “We are all very excited about our new building, but above all we’re very proud of our pupils and staff. Minerva has seen sustained continuous improvement in performance over the last few years. We believe that children should enjoy their learning and develop into resilient and confident individuals. This building will help them achieve that and it will be a truly amazing asset for our local and wider community.”