A new Norfolk primary school was finally able to hold an official opening ceremony this week.

Holy Cross Church of England Primary School welcomed guests including the Bishop of Huntingdon to the school on Wednesday afternoon.

The school, which is part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust (DEMAT), welcomed its first cohort of pupils back in September following the merger of Wormegay Church of England Primary School and Runcton Holme Church of England Primary School.

Students have been enjoying their new environment since September, but the official opening was pushed back due to the pandemic.


Headteacher Emma Zeil said: “We had such a wonderful day celebrating the opening of our fabulous new school.

“We are all so delighted at how well the pupils have settled since September.

“The opening was a proud day for everyone at the school and the Trust and we thank Bishop Dagmar for joining us to mark the special occasion.

“The children represented their classes impeccably and we are all looking forward to a very bright future ahead.”

Holy Cross CofE Primary school ambassadors

As part of the event, Mrs Zeil gave DEMAT chief executive, Adrian Ball, and Bishop Dagmar a tour of the school, accompanied by proud pupil ambassadors, Lacey Backhouse, 11, and Mercy Dobson, 10 which included the new library, new classroom and displays of the schoolwork.

Pupil performances

Guests, parents and school staff were when treated to a whole school rendition of Colours of the Day, and an energetic dance display by Einstein Class before Bishop Dagmar officially declared the school open and presented a plaque to Mrs Zeil.

The event was rounded off with a rendition of the millennium prayer song followed by class ambassadors reciting the school prayer.

Mr Ball added: “The whole Trust is delighted that Holy Cross CofE Primary school has now been officially declared open and I was very happy to be able to join in the celebrations on the day.

“The merging of two smaller schools to create Holy Cross was the outcome of a lengthy consultation and it’s fantastic to now see the school beginning to thrive in its first few months.

“The staff and pupils are all clearly enjoying working hard and there is already much pride in the school. The Trust is looking forward to seeing Holy Cross CofE flourish as it grows.”