Old-Fashioned Way to Open New School; EDUCATION: State-of-the-Art Building Has Eco-Heating and Modern Classrooms

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Byline: By Lucy Lynch EDUCATION REPORTER

A TARNISHED and battered old hand bell summoned pupils for their first day in a gleaming new school building.

The bell marked the start of the first day of lessons in Stivichall Primary School's new multi-million pound building in Coat of Arms Bridge Road, Green Lane, Coventry.

Cllr John Blundell (Con, Wainbody), Coventry City Council's cabinet member for children, learning and young people, stood in the playground ringing the bell to declare the school officially open.

It has a woodchip boiler for environmentally-friendly heating, an overhanging roof and turret shaped vents to stop classrooms getting too hot in summer and a roof with plants growing on it.

Classrooms have all the latest technology including speakers all around so that teachers don't have to shout to make themselves heard.

There are a number of features to make life easier for children with special needs including wheelchair access, contrasting colours for those who can't see very well, and a hygiene suite for pupils who need help going to the toilet. …