Official openening of new buildings at St Albans’ Samuel Ryder Academy

Guests at the opening of the new Samuel Ryder Academy primary school buildings

Guests at the opening of the new Samuel Ryder Academy primary school buildings - Credit: Archant

New primary buildings at the district’s first ‘all-through’ school were officially opened last Friday.

Staff and students of the Samuel Ryder Academy (SRA) primary phase were joined by parents and local dignitaries for the official opening of the new buildings.

Among the guests were the Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Geoff Harrison, and Mary Moore, the granddaughter of Samuel Ryder after whom the school was named, who together unveiled the official plaque.

Events surrounding the opening began with a presentation in the school’s main hall which included performances from primary children and a video screening encapsulating the wide range of learning opportunities and experiences offered to children at the school.

The Mayor said: “The official opening of Samuel Ryder’s Primary School building was a very special occasion. I congratulate everyone, including staff and volunteers, for their hard work in turning their vision of an all-through school into a reality.

“The pupils are already benefiting from use of the excellent school facilities with its new swimming pool and library. I wish them all every success in the future.”

SRA Head of Primary, Lisa Davies, added: “The official opening was a memorable event which very much had the children at its heart. It was also a marvellous opportunity to celebrate the achievements of everyone in making our school a reality.

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“The positivity and support for the school and the work we do here was tangible throughout the whole ceremony. It was a very proud day for children, parents and staff alike.”

After the official unveiling, the guests were given a tour of the new primary buildings and some of the other facilities which are open to the primary children.

Mary Moore, who travelled all the way from her home in Suffolk to attend the event, said: “I am so impressed with what I have seen today, the whole feeling of the school, the atmosphere, the imaginative work that they are doing, I don’t think it could be better and these children are splendid youngsters; they deserve the very best and from what I have seen they have got it.

“Samuel Ryder would be so proud, and so thrilled, and I certainly am on his behalf.”