WEATHERMAN Paul Hudson didn’t quite bring sunshine for the opening of Huddersfield’s greenest school.
The BBC Look North presenter officially opened Hillside Primary School at Newsome, seven months after children walked through the doors for the first time.
The £7.4m school, off Headfield Road, opened to its 320 pupils in November. It is the most environmentally friendly within Kirklees.
Solar panels, a wind turbine, a biomass boiler using compressed wood pellets and a special system to recycle water will all ensure this is an energy efficient school with the greenest of credentials.
Headteacher Dawn Horton says the schools still has the “wow” factor and she was “on top of the world” when children walked through its doors for the first time.
The school replaced Stile Common Junior School which has now been knocked down and Stile Common Infant and Nursery School in Plane Street.
The single storey building, which has panoramic views across Huddersfield, includes a Sure Start Children’s Centre and has places for 48 in the nursery.
The project’s principal contractor Morgan Ashurst has created the building which includes nine classrooms, a large Foundation stage space, dance studio, hall, meeting rooms and extensive grounds which will include an outdoor classroom, and raised beds for fruit and vegetables together.
There are computers in every room, 135 laptops in school and the whole building is wireless connected.