PARENTS and teachers are celebrating following the official opening of a new £400,000 extension to Chulmleigh Primary School.
More than 100 residents attended the opening ceremony, which saw Peter Lauener, chief executive of the Education Funding Agency, declare the building open.
The construction work saw the extension of the existing school building to include additional offices, a staff room and two brand new classrooms.
Mr Lauener praised the school. He said: "This scheme was to allow popular and successful schools to expand if they need it.
"But I'm sorry to say that I don't believe that it will improve the teaching standards.
"That's because the teaching is already outstanding here but this will now be a better school to learn in."
Speaking at the opening ceremony, executive deputy headteacher Linda Lindley said that although the construction work had created much disruption in the school, the rewards were significant.
She said: "This is a really big day for us so it's lovely to see so many parents, past parents and members of staff celebrate it with us.
"It has been a very difficult 12 months. But it will all be worth it because now we are there. We can be proud of a really lovely space."