The public have had their first look at the temporary premises of North Devon’s first free school.
Route 39 opens on September 9 in the former building of Clovelly Primary School at Higher Clovelly.
Last night the free school’s governors and the head teacher Joss Glossop revealed to prospective parents and members of the public what the refurbished building looks like.
The free school was given the go ahead by the Department of Education last year.
Since then the parent-led group, who put the bid in for the school, has been busy finding a site, employing teachers and securing government funding.
The school is due to move to a permanent site at Steart Farm at Bucks Cross once the premises have been built.
Now the temporary site in Clovelly is ready for the start of term the staff and governors are putting the final preparations in place.
Governor Anna Ward, whose son Angus Macdonald is joining the new school in September, said: "We're extremely pleased with how the school has been redecorated and refurbished.
“It is modern, bright and fresh and has been transformed into a suitably grown-up school environment."
Louise Dack, one of the prospective parents, said after the open evening : "We kept bumping into people we've met at various Route 39 Academy events along the way, and everyone was smiling and saying 'hello' to each other. There was such a welcoming feel."
Her son, Charley, who had just left Parkham Primary School, said he really liked the new school - especially the sea views from the window.
Route 39 Academy will be running open days for Year 6 parents and students on September 18 and October 2.
Parents can book a guided tour during the day (between 9.30am - 4pm) to see the academy at work, or visit later for an evening presentation (6pm -8pm). Please contact Michelle Carter to book on email@example.com