NEW buildings have been unveiled at a Bournemouth primary school enjoying a £5.3million renovation scheme.

Proud pupils at Heathlands Primary School in West Howe performed the ribbon-cutting honours, joined by Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns and chairman of governors David Cheeseman.

More than 200 cheering staff, children, parents, supporters and guests watched the ceremony from a new playground before heading inside to enjoy refreshments, guided tours and entertainment.

It heralded the end of nearly 12 months of renovations and work to build new blocks at the Springwater Road campus.

Mr Burns, who was joined by senior prefects Gabrielle and Bradley, said: "Staff at Heathlands do such a wonderful job and they now have superb buildings to help give children the best start in life.

"The strong turnout for the grand opening shows how important Heathlands is to the community but also how important West Howe is to Bournemouth."

Work included a new teaching block and refurbished classrooms and kitchens. There is also an information hub with a library and ICT suite.

In the hall, children recited poetry with school reading champion Brian Moses, performed flamenco dancing and there were songs courtesy of the choir.

Mr Cheeseman thanked Bournemouth council for making the building possible and added: "School results have been steadily improving.

"Last year was our best year ever and this year is looking very similar. We now have tremendous buildings to go with our tremendous staff, pupils and results."

Head teacher Sarah Dunn said: "I'm so proud of everybody who has worked so hard.”

Parent and former pupil Gemma Kelly was with children Harley, three, Leo, eight, and Aaliyah Beale, 12.

She said: "The school has changed so much since I was here. My children love coming to school."