Songs and celebrations, as well as the unveiling of a commemorative plaque, were in order at Warddykes to mark the official opening of the new school.
Pupils and staff gathered on Tuesday to celebrate the occasion with Councillor Sheena Welsh, convener of Children and Learning, carrying out the ceremonial duties.
They were also joined by representatives from contractors Robertson Tayside and procurement partners hub East Central Scotland, as well as the Rev Martin Fair from St Andrew’s Church and Dave Webster from Arbroath Town Mission and other invited guests. Headteacher Alison Galloway thanked everyone for their attendance.
Councillor Welsh said: “I am delighted to declare the splendid new Warddykes Primary School officially open. It will provide a wonderful environment for all its pupils and staff. I am certain they will all flourish in their new 21stcentury surroundings. Like the children, I have watched on with great interest and enthusiasm, and even made regular visits to the site, as the new school took shape. It is a facility that we can all be proud of and I am sure it will serve this community wonderfully well over the generations to come.
“As with the new Timmergreens building, which officially joined our school estate last week, the advent of the new Warddykes marks the completion of the £12.6 million first phase of our Arbroath Schools Project. This is a significant and very worthwhile investment in our schools and our children.
“Warddykes has been built-for-purpose – and that purpose is to play a vital role in the development of our young people. I am sure they will all gain knowledge, enjoyment and great memories during their time here.”
The previous school buildings served the community for 47 years. Now, in its place is a bright and multi-functional facility that offers a modern environment for learning.
It has 11 classrooms for its 280-plus pupils to learn, along with a nursery that can accommodate up to 40 children. There is a multi-purpose hall, dining hall and library, as well as general purpose rooms and tutorial spaces.
The design maximises available natural light with near-full height windows and a clerestory and roof-lights located within the central activity spaces. It has been built into the existing sloping site which means that ground level access is available at two levels. The main teaching paces are situated on the upper level, with support spaces on the lower level.
Playground spaces are on the upper and lower levels, along with an amphitheatre.