The Bishop of Winchester, Michael Scott-Joynt, officially opened Abbots Ann Church of England Primary School. He was welcomed and introduced by the Head, Ann Turnbull, and then the school choir sang 'Our School', and re-enacted the events of over a century ago when the school was built. The architect, Liam Presely then spoke, underlining his pride in the building, and then Chris Packham, the naturalist, photographer, author and broadcaster spoke about his time at school and urged the school to build a pond so it could accommodate more wildlife.
'It has taken a long time to move the school from the centre of the village to its new site on the edge, but the wait was worthwhile.' The new school was funded from the previous government's Primary Capital Programme Pathfinder Budget, and the school moved in April this year. 'It is a state of the art building, with infinitely more space than was available at the old site. i was pleased to hear that the numbers at the school are going up, and that it is a very popular and successful school.'