There were double celebrations at a Dorset school last week as the country took its first steps on the roadmap out of lockdown.

Whilst students and teachers across the country were eager to return to school last week, students at Carter Community School had an extra reason for feeling excited about the return to face-to-face teaching.

For on their first day back they were finally able to move into their brand new buildings.

Students were thrilled to explore the new buildings which are equipped with first-class facilities. These include:

•            A catering room;

•            A graphic and textiles room;

•            A new English block with CTouch screens in every classroom;

•            A drama studio with a full lighting and sound set up;

•            Three new science rooms with prep room;

•            A fantastic new library resource centre to support reading and an independent study.

The completion of the school building signals a new chapter in its history for the school is due to mark the occasion by changing its name to The Cornerstone Academy.

The new name  reflects the school’s focus on providing a high-quality education to all students.

It was chosen through consultation with parents, staff and students and it  will start to be used from the Summer Term.

Welcoming the students into the new buildings, Principal Sam Davidson said:

“It’s been a double celebration this week. To welcome our students back and to see them start learning in our brand new classrooms has been absolutely fantastic.

" Whilst we are adhering to all the social distancing and Covid-secure measures, it has been great to see the students explore the new classrooms and outdoor spaces and start to benefit from the facilities. These buildings provide a superb learning environment for our students and I look forward to working with staff to make best use of the space and facilities we have."

She added: “I’m grateful to BCP Council for their support as well as our neighbours for their understanding during the construction phase.  I look forward to sharing our new facilities with the local community.”