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New Rivers Primary Academy Building Officially Opened

5th November 2021 – Tags: Rivers Primary Academy

The new Rivers Primary Academy building in Blakenall, Walsall, was officially opened today (5 November) during a special unveiling ceremony.

Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North, was a guest at the celebratory event and officially opened the school building in an unveiling ceremony alongside Dawn Haywood, Deputy CEO and Education Director at Windsor Academy Trust, and Lucy Wright, Headteacher at Rivers Primary Academy. In addition to the ceremony, the event also included a tour of the school and music and poetry performances from students.

Home to 400 children aged 3 to 11, the new school building provides a state of the art, digitally rich environment that will enable students to gain the skills and experiences needed for their future and achieve their potential. The new build was made possible through the Department for Education Priority Schools Building Programme and investment from Windsor Academy Trust.

Dawn Haywood, Deputy CEO and Education Director at Windsor Academy Trust, said:

"The new school building provides an inspirational learning environment that helps children achieve their academic and personal potential.


"Rivers Primary Academy forms an important part of the local community and It has been brilliant to see how the new school has been received by children, parents and the community, and the impact it is already having on teaching, learning and enrichment."

Eddie Hughes, MP for Walsall North, added:

“It was fantastic to be able to open the new school building and see first-hand how the facilities have created a learning environment that has had such a positive impact on the pupils, staff, and the wider community.”

eddie hughes mp with rivers primary academy students

The new school building provides a modern, bright environment and significantly enhanced facilities, including the latest digital technology, a large outdoor space for sport and a music studio. The response to the new building has been outstanding and Lucy Wright, Headteacher at Rivers Primary Academy, said:

"The facilities are incredible and the response from children, parents, and staff has been fantastic. Everyone loves the new environment and has settled in brilliantly.


“Windsor Academy Trust’s vision and support has been critical to the project’s success and I look forward to seeing our children continuing to progress and thrive in our new school building."

Head Girl, Elena Trezise, and Head Boy, Aqram Lusman Bawa, led the tour of the school. Elena said:

“I was really proud to show everyone around our amazing new school."

Aqram added:

“I really enjoyed having such an important job to do and I am really proud to be Head Boy at Rivers."

Children and parents eager to view the new school building will be able to do so on Tuesday 16 November when River’s Primary Academy hosts its first open day.