PUPILS and staff at Old Sarum Primary School celebrated the official opening of its new building.

The building is part of a major £2.6m expansion project which will allow the school to double in size to 420 pupils.

The two-storey building has eight new classrooms, a studio and a technology room as well as a new drop-off zone to help ease some of the traffic issues around the school.

Staff, governors and pupils from the school were joined by special guest Dr Phil Harding. The archaeologist who is a familiar face on TV show Time Team opened the original building in 2011.

Representatives from many of the companies that helped create the extension and councillors from the county and parish council’s also attended the special ceremony on Monday, January 29.

A spokesman for the school said: “It was a lovely event that has marked a special time for the school. Old Sarum was inspected in the autumn term and was judged by Ofsted as remaining a good school.

“This extension will enable the school to widen its curriculum and extend pupils’ learning.”