A NEW primary school in Girvan has hosted an official opening ceremony - four months after pupils attended class for the first time. 

The new Sacred Heart Primary, in Henrietta Street, has room for up to 125 pupils and features interactive learning areas, a nurture room, a general-purpose room, and a multi-use dining and PE hall.

Pupils are also benefitting from the new sensory garden, a traversing wall, active play areas, teaching, dining and social spaces, and an enclosed games area for ball sports.

Pupils, parents, carers and staff celebrated the official opening alongside senior South Ayrshire councillors and officials the parish priest at the Church of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the Very Rev John A. Canon McGee.

Also present were representatives of the construction and design team who planned and built the new school, which pupils have been attending since September.

Attendees enjoyed an evening of music, a variety of performances, and a film depicting the story of the school from past to present and through the construction phase of the new building.

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Councillor Stephen Ferry, South Ayrshire Council’s portfolio holder for education, also unveiled a school plaque which commemorates the official opening ceremony.

Councillor Ferry said: “I was delighted to attend the official opening ceremony for the new Sacred Heart Primary School and to be able to showcase the fantastic transformation from the old school building.

“The opportunities the new school offers will be so important when it comes to supporting learning, teaching and the development of our young people in the school, for many years to come.

"The facility also builds on our already outstanding school estate in South Ayrshire, and reinforces our commitment to ensuring children and young people have the best start in life.”