A BUILDING that was once used as a rural home has been opened as part of a new school facility.
The Earl of Harewood David Lascelles performed the opening ceremony of the extension to Harewood C of E Primary School on Monday, marking a day of celebration.
A school spokesman said: “The building into which the school has extended was, in fact, the school teacher’s house when the school was built during the 1760s.
“The school has remained in place ever since but in recent years the Harewood Estate had used teacher’s house as a tied cottage.
“Last year, however, David Lascelles, Earl of Harewood, donated the building back to the school so that it could be used to improve the school’s facilities.
“It was very fitting, therefore, that it was the Earl himself who came to unveil the plaque to mark the building’s official opening.”
The newly-extended school building, designed by Pearce Bottomley Architects and renovated by Torpoint Ltd, provides the school with larger classrooms, a new library, an updated computer suite, new offices, a new kitchen, new cloakrooms and various spaces for small group work.
Headteacher Mr Madeley, explained: “The school has a long and illustrious past.
“We now have the excellent facilities for our children to ensure we have an exciting and successful future.”
The children performed songs for the Earl and invited guests, and read excerpts from the school log books, dating back as far as 1863, telling the history of the school. A stream of visitors, including former pupils and staff, visited the opening event and were given guided tours.