Children, teachers and councillors have all celebrated the topping out ceremony of the new Kidbrooke Park Primary School.

The new state-of-the-art school building is currently under construction to replace the current 'degrading' facilities.

The topping out ceremony marks the last steel beam being in place, with Cllr Matt Morrow, Holly Broughton, executive headteacher, Roger Trevena, head of the school, and Matt Riley, project manager, in attendance.

They joined headgirl Sarah & headboy Charlie in marking the completion of steel frame structure with a visit to the roof.

The next step is making the building weather-tight by the middle of October, and construction is on course to be ready by Spring 2021.

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Cllr Morrow said he was "delighted to see the incredible progress this project has made" despite the pandemic.

"It’s crucial that children have a fit-for-purpose and inspiring environment in which to learn, and the new Kidbrooke Park Primary School will be just that.”

The building work has moved rapidly from the official launch in January when councillors and pupils gathered to plant spades in the ground.

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The school submitted the plans after it became clear the current building was no longer fit for purpose after falling into "a considerable state of disrepair."

The new site will have a large sports hall and dining area, outdoor multi-use games area and a 'forest school'.

Holly Broughton said: “Seeing how far the construction has moved on since the ground-breaking event in January is really exciting. We can't wait to occupy the site and give our pupils a place that is tailored to their needs and one that we can all be proud of!"