Nottingham primary school opens after £13m revamp

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The school has new IT equipment and large screens in each classroom

Nottingham's biggest primary school has officially opened after a £13m makeover.

Southwark Primary School, in Old Basford, has 630 children aged five to 11 and 90 children aged between three and five.

The colourful new building has new computers in the classrooms and solar panels on its roof.

It also has a wind turbine and an allotment to allow pupils to grow a variety of flowers and vegetables.

When the idea for a new school was first introduced in 2007 it was described as "beacon" for primary education in the 21st Century".

Head teacher Michaela Saunders said: "You need to have real good quality teaching and learning first, but if you have good outstanding facilities as well it does help children to concentrate and feel valued."

The previous Victorian building, which opened in 1886, was not suitable for modern education, she said.

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