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Work to start on Rotherham's first new primary school in 20 years

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Image caption The new school in Eastwood will is due to open in September 2015

Work is to start on the first new primary school to be built in Rotherham in 20 years.

Eastwood Village Primary School will cost of £6.3m of government funding and will be run as an academy, catering for 315 pupils.

Applications are now being accepted for all year groups to the school, which is due to open in September 2015.

Councillor John Foden, the Mayor of Rotherham, will cut the first sod on the Eldon Road site in Eastwood later.

Rotherham Council said it was a "much-needed" facility for the area and the first completely new primary school to be opened in the borough for more than two decades.

It will be run by the Central Learning Partnership Trust, which also runs the town's Coleridge and East Dene Primary Schools.

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