04:45AM, Friday 07 February 2014
A primary school has a new name ahead of its September expansion.
On Friday, January 31, the former Ellington Primary School in Cookham Road officially became Riverside Primary School.
MP for Maidenhead Theresa May unveiled a plaque marking the change, which includes new uniform, a complete overhaul of branding, and expansion to a two-form entry school from September.
Headteacher Rehana Juna said: "All of us, staff, children and governors are delighted at the changes taking place.
"We look forward to becoming an outstanding school in a very short time."
In 2013 Royal Borough consulted on how to create an extra 246 primary school spaces in Maidenhead.
Expanding the Cookham Road School was the most popular choice.
A 400-home development in nearby Boulters Meadow is due to be fully completed by 2015, adding to a need for extra school places.
In November the Royal Borough gave the green-light for a £2million expansion of the school. This will eventually include an extension or a new building to accommodate extra pupils.
Governor Adam Smith says the change is part of a 'break with the past' as Riverside eventually doubles in size.
He said: "The school is going to be catering to quite a wide constituency. We felt that the rebranding with is way of focussing attention on turning the school into what we want it to become."
In November the Royal Borough gave the green-light for a £2million expansion of the school. The children have been kitted out with new royal blue uniforms, a change from Ellington Primary School's green colour.
Assistant headteacher Helen porter said that the pupils have 'fully embraced' the change, which includes neckties being added to the uniform. She said: "They all think it's wonderful. They really love the ties."
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