A SCHOOL Warwick is celebrating its fifth birthday.
Heathcote Primary School opened its doors in 2016 to just over 40 pupils.
Executive head Gill Humphriss said: “We have welcomed many children and their families over the years and now have over 300 children and our very first year six and are still growing. By 2025 we will be educating 420 pupils.
“We have watched houses surrounding our school being built and a new community begin to thrive.
“Our staffing team has grown significantly to ensure that our children receive excellent teaching and are cared for during their primary education and in November 2020 we opened a second building.
“How brilliant it was to watch this rise from the foundations and we are now full of plans for creating inspirational grounds for the children to explore.
“We all love Heathcote Primary and to see all of the children this week come back to school and to hear the sound of their voices in the playgrounds and classrooms warms our hearts.
The first reception teacher Anna Cowcher is still working at the Hickers Way school among others.
Gill went on: “They remember the celebration when they opened where on the small patch of grass they held a teddy bear’s picnic and played in all the boxes the new furniture and resources arrived in.
“We now have a thriving forest school, playgrounds, sports field and outdoor learning areas for all the classrooms. We even have a school dog ‘Scribbles’ who works closely with children who have additional needs.”
A special newletter went out to mark the occasion in which staff, children and families shared their memories in a special newsletter.
Youngsters also sang happy birthday to the building and have planned to fund-raise to improve the playground with new markings to celebrate the fifth year.
School head Kim Abernethy added: “We might be a relatively young place of education but it is clear we are a part of our community and are proud of our journey so far. So join us in wishing our school happy birthday and celebrate with us as we create more memories.”