A SPECIAL ceremony will mark the opening of a new primary school in the Lake District.

Dignatries will gather today, June 19, at 1.30pm to celebrate the opening of St Martin and St Mary CE Primary.

The new school was formed following the amalgamation of Windermere CE Junior School and St Mary’s CE Nursery and Infant School.

A new £400,000 building, linking the existing schools, has also been created at the Prince’s Road site.

It forms a new entrance and includes an office for administration staff.

Stairs and a lift lead up to a gallery space, which is currently being used for music lessons and reading activities.


Headteacher Judith Gore said: “The idea behind the amalgamation and creation of a new school was to provide a sense of continuity for our children.

“Our pupils feel that they have a new building even though their classrooms have not changed. They all feel part of the one school and it’s engendered a tremendous sense of unity and togetherness.”

Pupils have a new school uniform and a new school badge has also been created. Its design – of a large and small swan – conveys the amalgamation of the former infant and junior schools.